Cycling

Farrar borrows fan's bike to finish stage in Tour Down Under

Tyler Farrar (AFP)
Tyler Farrar (AFP)

Adelaide - Bloodied and bruised, American cyclist Tyler Farrar borrowed a bike and shoes from a fan to complete Wednesday's third stage of the Tour Down Under, the first event of the 2016 WorldTour.

Farrar was one of five riders involved in a high-speed crash as the peloton made a sharp turn toward the Corkscrew climb, about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the finish of the 139-kilometre stage from Glenelg to Campbelltown on the outskirts of Adelaide.

Farrar, who rides for South Africa-based Team Dimension Data, suffered bruises and abrasions and was left stranded without assistance from his team's support car and the race's neutral support vehicle, which had passed by.

He finished 13 minutes, 7 seconds behind the stage winner, Simon Gerrans of Australia, who also took the overall race lead.

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