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Tour de France 101: Americans to watch in 2011

Seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong isn't riding this year, but there are plenty of other fast Americans in the race. Here are six of them, with their team affiliations:

US cyclist Tyler Farrar crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Tour de France on July 4. Farrar formed a "W'' with his fingers and thumbs to honor his friend and training partner Wouter Weylandt, who died in a crash during the Giro d'Italia in May.
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1. Tyler Farrar, Garmin-Cervélo

After his best friend and training partner Wouter Weylandt died during a crash in May’s Giro D’Italia, Tyler Farrar wasn’t sure if he would ride in this year’s Tour de France. Now he’s no doubt glad he made the decision to race – the sprint specialist from Wenatchee, Wash., won his first-ever stage on July 4 and has helped his Garmin-Cervélo team to a dream Tour start.

You can read Farrar's official team bio or drop him a line on the Tyler Farrar fan page on Facebook.

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