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by Shane Stokes
May 12, 2017
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Taylor Phinney’s Cannondale-Drapac teammate Andrew Talansky has made his intentions clear for the Amgen Tour of California.
“I’m feeling good. The last few weeks since returning from Europe have been smooth,” the 28-year-old said. “I’m feeling fit and ready to race. The Amgen Tour of California is the biggest stage race in the USA and it just happens to be in my adopted home state. I would love to be able to pull off a great result in front of family and friends.”
Talansky won the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2014. He had a couple of lean seasons but returned to form last year, netting fourth in California and fifth overall in the Vuelta a España. He’s fired up to show his quality in the US. “I spend the majority of the season racing in Europe, so it’s a nice to change to get to race on home turf like the Europeans do on a regular basis,” he said.
“It’s also a special race for the team, with Slipstream Sports being a well-established American squad. Cannondale and Drapac both have large interests in the US as well, so it’s a great opportunity for the team to showcase itself on home ground.”
With two big uphill finishes, he knows that he could shine. “The goal for me is to get the best GC placing possible. That said, with the team we have going, much like last year, we aren’t going to sit around and wait for the last few days. We have numerous riders who can win stages and maybe take the jersey in doing so early on. We won’t be sitting back and waiting. You will definitely see the team racing aggressively from the beginning of the week.”