REDON, FRANCE - JULY 04: Tyler Farrar of the USA and Garmin-Cervelo celebrates winning stage three of the 2011 Tour de France from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon on July 4, 2011 in Redon, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Tyler Farrar, Tejay Van Garderen, and Jennie Reed are the three cyclists heading to London with Washington ties.
There are three cyclists with Washington ties heading to the London Olympics this year. Tyler Farrar and Tejay Van Garderen are still catching their breath following participating in the Tour de France this year and will compete in road cycling. Jennie Reed from Kirkland, Washington who will compete in track cycling, joins them.
Farrar was born in Wenatchee, Washington and is a member of the Garmin-Sharp team. Farrar has had quite the interesting cycling story. The sprinter won his first Tour de France stage in 2011, and in doing so became the first and only American to win a stage on Independence Day (the American version of the holiday of course).
Van Garderen is a 21 year old from Tacoma, Washington. Van Garderen rides on the BMC Racing Team and made a solid showing in this year's Tour de France. He wore the white jersey (the jersey for the best placed rider under the age of 25) until Stage 7.
Reed is a U.S. Champion track cyclist, winning her first national title way back in 1994 at the U.S. Junior Track National Championships. She placed 10th in the sprint at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and in 7th place at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. In 2008, Reed became the first American woman to win the championship in the keirin event at the UCI Track World Championships in Manchester, England.
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