Farrar's win goes beyond finish line

Updated: July 5, 2011, 10:57 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

In a context where "W" and "L" generally connote cold statistics, seldom has a "W" had such a poignant double meaning.

Perfectly positioned by three teammates, including overall race leader Thor Hushovd of Norway, Garmin-Cervelo's Tyler Farrar surged out of the bunch to capture Stage 3 of the Tour de France on July 4 -- the first American to earn a win on Independence Day.

After crossing the finish line, the 27-year-old from the Seattle area lifted his hands, spread his fingers ...

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