Tyler Farrar borrows spectator’s bike after crash on Tour Down Under

  • American could not continue after crashing into ditch
  • Race chief allows cyclist to stay in race despite outside assistance

American cyclist Tyler Farrar got into trouble during stage three of the Tour Down Under near Adelaide. He crashed during a sprint and ended up in a ditch, and his bike was wrecked. But a kindhearted spectator came to the rescue, handing over his own bike and shoes so Farrar could finish the race.

Farrar was travelling at speeds of over 40mph when he came off the road during the 139km stage in south Australia, and was left bloodied and bruised. He was assessed by medical staff, and looked set to continue, but a few miles down the road realised his bike was in no fit state to continue. The support team had driven off, and it looked as though Farrar was finished – but for the intervention of Anthony Tooman, who was following the race roadside.

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