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"It was incredible. Naturally as a sprinter, I would prefer to win, I always try to win, but it wasn’t exactly a photo finish today, so I think I have to be happy with second place," Farrar says







09.04.2014 @ 20:44 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Tyler Farrar continued his excellent classics campaign when he took second behind Marcel Kittel at today's Scheldeprijs. Having been thoroughly beaten by the strong German, Farrar was full of praise and admiration and not the least bit disappointed with the result.


After a few frustrating seasons, Tyler Farrar has chosen to change his focus for the 2014 season. Instead of focusing on his sprints, he has again dedicated the first part of his season to the cobbled classics as he did it a few years ago.


The new focus has clearly paid off as Farrar has had hist best results for several years. He finished a frustratingly second at Dwars door Vlaanderen when he won the bunch sprint behind solo winner Niki Terpstra and he impressed by featuring deep into the final in a tough edition of E3 Harelbeke. His only disappointment came at Gent-Wevelgem where a late crash denied him the chance to sprint.


Today he combined his classics focus and sprinting prowess to take second behind Marcel Kittel at Scheldeprijs. While he had been disappointed after coming second in Waregem, there was no frustration this time around. Instead, he was full of admiration of the man he describes as the best sprinter in the world.


"It was incredible. Naturally as a sprinter, I would prefer to win, I always try to win, but it wasn’t exactly a photo finish today, so I think I have to be happy with second place," he told Cyclingnews. "I mean, there was no touching him.


"He’s been the top sprinter in the world for the last year, year and a half, without a question. He’s certainly the man to beat but it’s like you always say, he’s still human. Everyone has good days and bad days. It’s not that he’s unbeatable, he’s just very hard to beat.


"I’m happy with my spring. I made the spring classics one of my top objectives and all winter I was super focused. I approached my race calendar a little differently this year to years past and I think it’s really paid off. If you look across the last three weeks as a whole, I’ve met or exceeded my goals for the spring."


Farrar also confirmed that he will return to the Giro after having missed the race in 2013.



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