American Tyler Farrar is ready for another head-to-head battle with Mark Cavendish today at the Tour de France. He aims to put his early race “frustrations” behind and finally secure his first stage win.

“It is frustrating,” he said. “I came here with the intentions to win a stage and due to some bad luck I have only have been able to take one real crack at it.”

As with Cavendish, Farrar has had his own bad luck in the Tour de France this year. They both missed a chance to win with Brussels due to being in crashes and the following day to Spa, Farrar crashed and fractured a bone near his wrist.

Farrar nearly had to give up, but told his Garmin-Transitions team that he wanted to push on to and try to win his first stage. He’s won stages in the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, but, unlike Cavendish, he has yet to win a stage in cycling’s biggest race.

“It was totally his decision,” said Garmin’s team manager, Jonathan Vaughters. “Me pushing him into riding with a fracture would be stupid.”

The decision to continue nearly paid off with a win five days ago in Gueugnon. Farrar finished second behind Cavendish after his Garmin team led into the windy final.

Today’s stage to Bourg-lès-Valence is the only chance in the Tour’s second week. Then there are two stages in the final week, Bordeaux and Paris.

“I am optimistic. I think my wrist has made it through the Alps okay. It is manageable and we keep taping it differently,” continued Farrar.

“I am capable of winning. It will take the right tactics and luck.”

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  • reece

    yeah, you say you hope for a change of foutunes from now on, yet just after the start of todays stage hunter pulled out, devastating news