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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 Manhattan, New York City, New York,[3] Talansky was raised in Key Biscayne, Florida, an island near Miami, Florida. He resides in Girona, Catalonia, Spain, and in Napa, California.[2]

Andrew Talansky
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Talansky at the 2011 Tour de Romandie
Personal information
Full nameAndrew Talansky
NicknamePit Bull
Born (1988-11-23) November 23, 1988 (age 30)
Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll-rounder
Amateur team(s)
2005–2006Laser-es
2007–2008Herbalife–bikeam.com
2010 Garmin–Transitions
Professional team(s)
2009Amore & Vita–McDonald's
2010Giant Berry Farm–Specialized
2011–2017Garmin–Cervélo
Major wins
Stage races
Critérium du Dauphiné (2014)

One-Day Races and Classics

National Time Trial Championship (2015)

BiographyEdit

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 had "un-retired" and would take up competing in triathlon.[9]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2008
1st   Road race, National Collegiate Road Championships
2010
1st   Time trial, National Under–23 Road Championships
2nd Overall Tour de l'Avenir
6th Overall Tour of the Gila
10th Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
2011
4th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
9th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st   Young rider classification
2012
1st   Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
1st   Young rider classification
7th Overall Vuelta a España
8th Overall Volta ao Algarve
2013
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
6th Overall Critérium International
10th Overall Tour de France
2014
1st   Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
7th Overall Volta a Catalunya
2015
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
10th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
2016
3rd Overall Tour of Utah
1st Stage 6
4th Overall Tour of California
5th Overall Vuelta a España
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
2017
3rd Overall Tour of California
1st Stage 5

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Giro d'Italia
  Tour de France 10 DNF 11 49
  Vuelta a España 79 7 51 DNF 5
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Paris–Nice 61 2 50 DNF
  Tirreno–Adriatico 120 17
  Volta a Catalunya 7 31 DNF
  Tour of the Basque Country 97 29 49 DNF
  Tour de Romandie 9 2 16 11 105
  Critérium du Dauphiné 28 1 10 22
  Tour de Suisse DNF 5
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda Unveils 2013 Roster". Garmin–Sharp. Boulder, Colorado: Slipstream Sports LLC. December 28, 2012. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Andrew Talansky at Garmin-Sharp". Garmin–Sharp. Boulder, Colorado: Slipstream Sports LLC. June 16, 2014. Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  3. ^ Hood, Andrew (April 6, 2011). "A conversation with Andrew Talansky: Part I, from Miami to Europe". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved January 9, 2015. I was born in New York, but I moved to Florida when I was two. I graduated from high school in Miami. That’s when I started to ride.
  4. ^ Dreier, Frederick (July 10, 2013). "Top American in Tour de France Is a Rookie: Andrew Talansky, 24, Took a Different Path to the Big Race". WSJ. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  5. ^ Startt, James. "Garmin Sees Its Future in Rising American Star Andrew Talansky". Bicycling.com. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "Chris Froome 12th at Dauphine as Andrew Talansky wins". BBC. June 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "Tour de Farce: Talansky bravery, Gallopin glory, Sagan anger". Eurosport. Yahoo. July 16, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "Talansky announces his retirement". cyclingnews.com. September 5, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Talansky taking up triathlon". cyclingnews.com. October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017.

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