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Tyler Farrar confirms for Tour Down Under

Garmin sprint specialist Tyler Farrar will ride in Australia's Tour Down Under in January, organizers confirmed Wednesday.

Garmin sprint specialist Tyler Farrar will ride in Australia’s Tour Down Under in January, organizers confirmed Wednesday.

2010 Vuelta a Espana, stage 21: Tyler Farrar
Farrar will bring his sprinter talents to Oz in January.

Farrar, who won two stages each in this year’s Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, joins fellow American Lance Armstrong as the first riders confirmed to compete in the January 16-23 Tour in South Australia.

It will be Armstrong’s final professional race outside the United States. It will be Farrar’s first appearance in the kit of the new Garmin-Cervélo squad, a team that includes elements of both the Garmin-Transitions team and the soon-to-be-defunct Cervélo TestTeam.

“It’s great for our race to have a cyclist of Farrar’s caliber competing here in January,” TDU director Mike Turtur said. “I believe he could be the next big threat to international sprinters.”

The 26-yearold Farrar began his professional career as a member of the U.S.-based Jelly Belly squad in 2003. He began his European run as a member of Cofidis in 2006 and 2007, before moving to his current team in 2008.