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REDON, France (AP) - A record-tying 10 U.S. cyclists spent the Fourth of July on the roads of the Tour de France.

American fans had even more to celebrate Monday when Tyler Farrar raced to his first individual Tour stage victory, becoming the first U.S. rider to win a stage on July 4.

"I certainly would have taken it on any day," said Farrar, a sprint specialist from Wenatchee, Wash., who rides for Garmin-Cervelo. "But as an American, winning on the Fourth of July, it's the icing on the cake. ... Lucky me."

Stage 3 Results
1. Tyler Farrar Team Garmin-Cervelo - 4:40:21
2. Romain Feillu Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
3. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil Movistar Team
4. Sébastien Hinault AG2R La Mondiale
5. Mark Cavendish HTC-Highroad
6. Thor Hushovd Team Garmin-Cervelo
7. Julian Dean Team Garmin-Cervelo
8. Borut Bozic Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
9. André Greipel Omega Pharma-Lotto
10. Jimmy Engoulvent Saur - Sojasun


General classification after Stage 3
1. Thor Hushovd Team Garmin-Cervelo - 9:46:46
2. David Millar Team Garmin-Cervelo
3. Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team - 0:00:01
4. Geraint Thomas Sky Procycling - 0:00:04
5. Linus Gerdemann Leopard Trek
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen Sky Procycling
7. Fränk Schleck Leopard Trek
8. Andy Schleck Leopard Trek
9. Jakob Fuglsang Leopard Trek
10. Bradley Wiggins Sky Procycling

Full results here..

Jersey Standings:
Thor Hushovd
Jose Joaquin Rojas
Phillippe Gilbert
Geraint Thomas

Links to news sites...

"Farrar celebrates July 4 with first Tour de France stage victory

(CNN) -- American cyclist Tyler Farrar celebrated his country's Independence Day by winning the third stage of the Tour de France, as teammate Thor Hushovd retained the leader's yellow jersey.

Farrar gave Garmin-Cervelo a second successive victory after Sunday's triumph in the team time-trial, as he came home ahead of France's Romain Feillu and Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil of Spain on Monday.

Hushovd was sixth in the 198-kilometer leg from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon, keeping his overall lead from teammate David Millar of Britain after both finished in the same time in a mass sprint finish." Read more from CNN...

"Farrar gives US a win on July 4 at Tour de France
By Jamey Keaten, Associated Press

REDON, France (AP) - Two months ago, Tyler Farrar was demoralized, sleeping 20 hours a day. He had even stopped riding, overcome by sorrow after his best friend died in a crash at the Giro d'Italia.

On Monday, Farrar became the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France on the Fourth of July. It was the first time he had won a stage in cycling's showcase race, and he dedicated the victory to the late Wouter Weylandt of Belgium.

"It's a little bit unbelievable to me at the moment that it actually happened," said Farrar, who pulled out of the Giro after the accident.
After crossing the finish line, Farrar held up his hands to form a "W'' with his fingers and thumbs in tribute to Weylandt.

"This has been a horrible last two months with everything that happened in the Giro," Farrar said. "I've had a lot of ups and downs. But in the end, I wanted to be able to come back, and do something special to pay tribute, and this is certainly the biggest stage in the world to do that."

Farrar, a sprint specialist from Wenatchee, Wash., who rides for Garmin-Cervelo, sped ahead in the last few hundred yards of the 123-mile course from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon to win the third stage. He has now won a stage in each of cycling's three-week major tours - France, Italy and Spain." Read more from the AP...

"Cavendish punished as Farrar wins

Britain's Mark Cavendish suffered a blow to his hopes of winning the Tour de France's green jersey as American Tyler Farrar won the third stage.

Cavendish was stripped of the 10 points he won in the intermediate sprint for a clash with Thor Hushovd and then complained about being impeded on the final corner as he finished fifth.

"I was fighting and kamikaze Romain Feillu came flying in," said Cavendish.

Farrar sprinted home, giving America its first Tour win on Independence Day.

But Cavendish, who was aiming for his 16th stage victory in the Tour, suffered a double blow as not only did he lose 10 points, but also suffered at the final corner at the hands of second-placed Feillu from France and Spain's Jose Joaquin Rojas, who came third." Read more from the BBC...

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