American cyclist Tyler Farrar was made an honorary citizen of the city of Ghent, where the professional rider of Team Garmin-Barracuda resides. A cycling jersey colors of Ghent was presented Wednesday at a reception held in honor of City Hall.
“He is very proud to be a citizen of our city, speaks perfect Dutch and serves the interests and influence of Ghent in an international way,” said Alderman of Sports Christophe Peeters (Open VLD).
In 2009, Farrar won the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, the Vattenfall Cyclassics, three stages of the Eneco Tour and a stage in the Vuelta. The following year, he scored again his name in the history of Vattenfal Cyclassics, adding stage victory at the Three Days of De Panne-Koksijde and the Giro (10th and 2nd stage).
Last year, Farrar, winner with his training in the against-the team time trial during the second stage of the Tour de France, won in the next sprint, crossing the finish line with a tribute to his Wouter Weylandt best friend who died a few weeks earlier in the Tour of Italy.