Concussion takes Tyler Farrar out of world road championships

Farrar suffered a concussion during a fall at the Tour of Britain

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (VN) — Tyler Farrar will not compete at the world road championships next week, USA Cycling announced Saturday.

Farrar suffered a concussion in a fall during the Tour of Britain.

“It’s disappointing to not have Tyler in the team this year,” said Jim Miller, USA Cycling’s vice president of athletics. “But I fully understand the seriousness of his concussion and support the decision to take the necessary time required to fully recover. We wish him a speedy recovery and are looking forward to his returning to full health soon.”

Garmin-Sharp teammate Andrew Talansky will replace Farrar on the American team contesting the road race. Talansky, 23, was the top American rider at this year’s Vuelta a España, finishing seventh overall after scoring five top-10 stage finishes.

“While it is a privilege to represent the United States in the worlds road race, I wish it were under different circumstances because you never want to see someone unable to compete due to an injury,” Talansky said.

The other members of the U.S. team are Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing), Matthew Busche (RadioShack-Nissan), Timmy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale), Lucas Euser (SpiderTech-C10), Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan), Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp), Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing). Phinney and van Garderen are slated to contest the individual time trial.