Cyclingnews spoke to Tyler Farrar before the start of the race. He is not sure of his form but pointed out the importance of timing that final sprint effort.
“I don’t think we’re going to go out to try and make the race the hard,” Farrar told Cyclingnews before the start. “We’re going to see how it unfolds and I’m hoping it comes down to just a straight up field sprint. I’m happy to try my odds in that scenario.”
He admitted that he is unsure of his condition after being forced to abandon the Vuelta a España at the end of week one following a crash: “I feel good, but we’ll see after 270k how I feel. It’s going to be a case of wait and see. I’m not 100 percent sure of where my form is at, I haven’t raced for a month.”
The uphill drag to the line will pose difficult questions in the event of a sprint finish, and Farrar acknowledged that timing would be crucial.
“It’s a real power sprint. It’s a question of timing your effort right, not too early, not too late, but it’s also a question of just having the legs.”