Stuck between the Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders, the quickest sprinters in the peloton to go to Antwerp, in Belgium – the Scheldeprijs.
For Tyler Farrar, this was the very first time he would be attempting to set up his ex rival, now team leader UK’s Mark Cavendish in the anticipated bunch gallop in Churchill boulevard in Schoten.
The absence of devoted lead-out man Mark Renshaw, who rammed during Tour of Flanders previous Sunday, made Mark feel less easy to go for a classic lead-out. He said Tyler to flank him rather than lead him out.
After crossing the end-line in Schoten, Farrar told that they lost Renshaw with his crash from Flanders. Cav and he has not really gave him a real lead-out yet and this was a big aim so he was more comfy coming off Kittel’s wheel. He just asked to try and shelter him on Kittel’s wheel as long as he could. He was able to make this until the kite.
Mark ended up being in a great spot on the wheel from the Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) but he was not able to pass him before the line, ending less than half a wheel behind the German champ.
Tyler added that as a team, they did very well. It was like a photo finish. This is painful, but he really believe in Mark. You could not get any closer to winning than he did today. A photo finish between Cav and Kittel, and Greipel in third. They are the titans of field sprinting.