Associated Press

American cyclist Tyler Farrar had a Tour de France to forget, spending more time on the tarmac than his bike during the first week. But he's still the best hope for the U.S. team in Saturday's road race.

The course into the Surrey countryside should favor sprinters such as Britain's Mark Cavendish , but Farrar has beaten the star from the Isle of Mann in the past - on July 4 during last year's Tour.

Says his American teammate Chris Horner: "If the race ends up in a true bunch sprint, Tyler is our best bet to put someone on the podium."

—Jenna Fryer — Twitter


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