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Uran wins Milano-Torino, Barbier takes Paris-Bourges: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 6, 2017

Daily News Digest: Uran wins Milano-Torino, Barbier scalps opposition in Paris-Bourges, Yates rues missed chance in Milano-Torino, Talansky announces Ironman plans, Canadian cycling mourning loss of 18-year-old rider, No new WorldTour applications for 2018, five new Pro Continental teams seek licence, Ann-Sophie Duyck signs with Cervelo Bigla, Wippert explains why stepping back from WorldTour is his best career move right now; Video: Trek-Segafredo’s communications manager Elke Weylandt, Video: Senor Coconut – Tour de France

Talansky announces Ironman plans

by Shane Stokes

Having walked away from pro cycling a month ago, a decision which took many by surprise, the competitive bug has bitten Andrew Talansky again. The American rider announced on Thursday via his Instagram account that he plans to compete in triathlon, and Ironman.

“After a short, restful break, I’m officially un-retired and ready to share my next chapter!,” he stated. “Growing up in Florida I swam and ran cross country competitively before picking up cycling. See where this is headed? Triathlon, and what’s often considered the ultimate test of mind, body, and spirit: Ironman.”

Talansky showed huge talent early on, winning the Under 23 TT title and finishing second overall in the Tour de l’Avenir in 2010. He signed a pro contract with Slipstream Sports, and finished seventh overall in his second Grand Tour, the 2012 Vuelta a España. One year later he was tenth in his first Tour de France, then won the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine. Although he had quiet periods of form, he bounced back last year with fifth overall in the Vuelta a España.

After a short, restful break, I’m officially un-retired and ready to share my next chapter! Growing up in Florida I swam and ran cross country competitively before picking up cycling. See where this is headed? Triathlon, and what’s often considered the ultimate test of mind, body, and spirit: Ironman. Most often in life we are pulled towards the logical path, but I’ve always preferred to let my heart and intuition lead me. I’m fortunate to be able to follow my passion–that which inspires and motivates me–and take on the challenge of venturing into the unknown. As I enter the world of Triathlon and Ironman I’ll be supported by a great group of partners who share my values, excitement, and commitment to this new adventure. I am also looking forward to using this platform to further my work with charitable causes that I feel strongly about. With much to learn I’ll be in Hawaii checking out #IMKONA next week. Please say hi if you see me swimming, riding, running or out and about with my family and I hope you’ll follow along here to share in the journey. #ironmantri #roadtokona

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A stage win and third overall in this year’s Amgen Tour of Californa boded well, but his Tour de France was quiet and saw him ride for Rigoberto Uran. It appeared that he was losing motivation, and the announcement that he was retiring spelt the end for his pro career.

However he’s psyched once again. “As I enter the world of Triathlon and Ironman I’ll be supported by a great group of partners who share my values, excitement, and commitment to this new adventure,” he stated. “I am also looking forward to using this platform to further my work with charitable causes that I feel strongly about. With much to learn I’ll be in Hawaii checking out #IMKONA next week. Please say hi if you see me swimming, riding, running or out and about with my family and I hope you’ll follow along here to share in the journey.”

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