Andrew Talansky

Andrew Talansky

Wikipedia: Andrew Talansky (born November 23, 1988) is an American professional triathlete. Between 2011 and 2017, he competed for Garmin–Cervélo on the UCI World Tour, cycling's highest road racing league.[1][2] Born in ManhattanNew YorkNew York,[3] Talansky was raised in Key Biscayne, Florida, an island near MiamiFlorida. He resides in GironaCatalonia and Napa, California.[2]

Talansky competed in cross-country running at high school in Florida before taking up competitive cycling at age 17. After success in local amateur races, he moved to Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, winning the collegiate national championship race in his freshman year. He left college after one year to join the Amore & Vita team in Italy in 2009, but found the conditions unsatisfactory and returned to the US that spring.[4]He raced in the US in 2009 without team support. After a strong ride at the Tour of the Gila race, he joined Garmin for the 2010 season, moving up to the professional team for 2011, where he made the top ten at the 2011 Tour de Romandie.

In 2012, Talansky scored his first professional victory in Europe at the Tour de l'Ain, and was named Garmin's lead rider for the 2012 Vuelta a España,[5] finishing seventh on the general classification. In 2013, he came second in Paris-Nice, having led the race for two days, and was selected for the Tour de France for the first time, again making the top ten overall.

He won the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné, joining a high quality breakaway group on the final stage to overcome a 39-second deficit to overnight race leader Alberto Contador.[6]

He retired from the 2014 Tour de France after a very uncomfortable day on his bike, due to multiple crashes. The broom wagon was following him at the end of the stage.[7]

In September 2017 Talansky announced his retirement from competition via an Instagram post.[8] However, the following month he indicated that he was now "un-retired" and would take up competing in triathlon.[9]