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by Shane Stokes
September 6, 2017
Froome wins Vuelta TT stage and extends general classification advantage; Ewan pips Boasson Hagen to win stage three of Tour of Britain; D’hoore Wins Lotto Belgium Tour Prologue; Loren Rowney joins Drops; Andrew Talansky announces retirement from pro cycling at age 28; Ag2r La Mondiale removes two riders from Vuelta after sticky bottle incident; Lappartient: UCI’s tablet detectors ‘simply aren’t enough’; Man charged over death of Chris Boardman’s mother; Contador on retirement: ‘I’ll gain weight, you’ll make jokes about it’; Stepping up: Three US teams aim for Pro Continental status in 2018; Video: Missing the Vuelta TT start time
American Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac) announced Tuesday via social media that he is ending his professional racing career at just 28 years old. Talansky, who became a father in February, won the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California in May, finishing third overall. He rode anonymously at the Tour de France, in a support role for teammate Rigoberto Uran, who finished second.
Talansky came into cycling as a junior in Miami, Florida. A self-described “disastrous” stint with Amore-Vita during the first half of 2009 led to the American riding with the amateur Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized team in 2010, where he won a U23 National TT title and finished second overall at the Tour de l’Avenir. In July 2010 he signed with Slipstream Sports, where he rode at the WorldTour level from 2011 through 2017.
He finished seventh overall in his second Grand Tour, the 2012 Vuelta a España, and backed that up by finishing 10th in his Tour de France debut, in 2013. Last year he placed fifth overall at the Vuelta a España. His biggest win came at the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine, ahead of Alberto Contador and Jurgen Van Den Broeck.
In an interview with CyclingTips at the 2016 Amgen Tour of California, Talansky said that he’d had a rough spring, citing both illness and personal reasons that he preferred not to delve into.
“Sometimes there are things and factors out of your control that happen,” he said. “Same way I did when I was younger, to get onto a World Tour team, and to get where I am, you just have to kind of battle through it, and if you can get through it, I think you come out better for it. The journey doesn’t always look like what you expect, sometimes.”
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