Mark Cavendish will take Tyler Farrar off his list of sprint rivals for the next Tour de France stages. The American of team Garmin-Transitions finished third to Cavendish yesterday, but today found the pain of a fractured wrist bone too much to handle and abandoned.

“He’s a hard nut,” said Garmin sports director, Matt White. “The wrist is not going to heal until he has time off the bike.”

Farrar crashed and fractured a bone in his left wrist during stage two to Spa last Monday. The crash also affected top classification rider Andy Schleck and Brad Wiggins, and sent Garmin captain Christian Vande Velde home with two fractured ribs.

Despite the crash, Farrar struggled on and nearly took his first Tour de France win last week in Gueugnon. He finished second to Cavendish, who scored his second stage win at this Tour de France.

Yesterday, Farrar finished third in the sprint to Bourg-lès-Valence

“Everyday after Tyler sprints, he is in a world of pain,” continued White. “Today, he got dropped on the first climb and couldn’t even hold on to the wheels.”

Farrar abandoned near kilometre 50, climbed into the team car and put his dream of a Tour win on hold until next year. His goal now, said White, is to recover and prepare for the Vuelta a España and the World Championships.

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Tour de France 2010: Stage reports



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Stage 10: Cavendish bags third stage win but his lead-out man is kicked out of race



Stage 10: Paulinho claims narrow stage victory on Bastille day



Stage nine: Casar wins stage as Schleck and Contador go head-to-head



Stage seven: Chavanel wins stage and takes overall as Thomas drops out of Tour’s white



Stage six: Cavendish makes it two as Tour hots up



Stage five: Cavendish wins his first stage of Tour



Stage four: Petacchi wins into Reims



Stage three: Hushovd takes dramatic win; Thomas second on stage and GC



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Stage one: Petacchi wins in Brussels as bunch left in tatters



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Brits at the Tour 2010



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