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