By Andrew Hood
Milan-San Remo didn’t end the way Tyler Farrar would have liked.
The Garmin-Slipstream rider — fresh off beating eventual winner Mark Cavendish in a bunch sprint this week at Tirreno-Adriatico – crashed out with a possible broken clavicle.
Farrar flew back to his home base in Belgium on Saturday night and will be treated by doctors there, but team officials are worried that the injury could take Farrar out of the upcoming northern classics.
“It’s looking like he might miss the classics, but nothing is confirmed,” Garmin-Slipstream sport director Matt White told VeloNews. “We’ll know more later. If it is broken, it’s unfortunate because he’s on the form of his life.”
Farrar crashed as the peloton was barreling into the day’s first feed zone ahead of the Passo del Turchino with about 175km to go. The official medical report states Farrar suffered from traumatism to his right shoulder.
Farrar is an integral part of Garmin-Slipstream’s classics team and the team was expecting more from his this year.
“We had a couple of goals for Tyler in the northern classics. Martijn (Maaskant) will our man for Flanders and Roubaix. Tyler was our leader for Ghent-Wevelgem,” White said. “We’ll see how fast he can come back. It depends on how bad the injury is. When I broke my collarbone in 2004, I was back training on the bike in a week. It’s only March. There is still a lot of racing to go.”
White also expressed satisfaction with how the team performed in Milan-San Remo.
Julian Dean was 19th and Ryder Hesjedal was 31st, both finishing with the front group.
“The team rode well, discounting the bad luck with Tyler. The team was great in putting Julian in position on the Poggio. Julian was on the third wheel, but he got blocked in the final sprint. We were hoping for a top-10, so we were close,” White said. “It’s been a great block of racing here in Italy, with Monte Paschi, the stage win at Tirreno and a good ride today for the boys.”