REDON, France -- American Tyler Farrar won a sprint to the finish to capture Stage 3 of the 2011 Tour de France, while Garmin-Cervelo teammate Thor Hushovd of Norway held on to the yellow jersey.
Farrar secured his first Tour de France stage victory by covering the 198- kilometer trek from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon in a time of 4 hours, 40 minutes and 21 seconds, fending off a late charge by Frenchman Romain Feillu and Spaniard Jose Joaquin Rojas.
As he crossed the finish line, Farrar held up his hands to form a "W" with his fingers to honor good friend Wouter Weylandt, the Belgian who died in a crash during the Giro d'Italia in May.
"This one is for Wouter. It's been a big loss. It's been a rough few months for me since...but I wanted to be good here in the Tour and try to do something to remember him and so I'm happy that I was able to do it," Farrar said.
Hushovd, who donned the yellow jersey a day earlier after Garmin-Cervelo won the team time trial, was part of the group of 172 riders that clocked the same time as Farrar and sits atop the overall standings with a time of nine hours, 46 minutes and 46 seconds. He retained his split-second edge over teammate David Millar of Britain, while Australian Cadel Evans of Team BMC remained in third, only one second behind.
Two-time defending champion Alberto Contador of Spain is 69th overall, one minute and 42 seconds off Hushovd's pace.
Tuesday's Stage 4 is a 172.5-kilometer trek from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne.