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Tour of California leader abandons

Tyler Farrar (Slipstream/Chipotle)...

Tyler Farrar (Slipstream/Chipotle)... (Image credit: Kurt Jambretz)

Fans and fellow racers were surprised Wednesday when race leader Tyler Farrar (Slipstream Chipotle p/b H30) dropped off the pace on the climb just 72 km into stage three of the Tour of California from Modesto to San José. He made it back to the peloton but was soon off again, this time falling quickly behind the caravan and then pulling out of the race at about 85km.

The promising Farrar was suffering miserably on all of the climbs and was at times seen shaking his head as he could not hold the pace. The 23 year-old complained of a stomach ailment - perhaps due to food poisoning or the flu. The unfortunate Farrar then had to ride the rest of the stage in the broom wagon. Astana's Levi Leipheimer rode into the lead with a decisive performance for the day.

Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for in depth post-race coverage of the Tour of California stage three.

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.