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Andrew Talansky retires from professional cycling at just 28-years-old

Joe Robinson
6 Sep 2017

Cannondale-Drapac's Andrew Talansky retires from professional cycling aged just 28

Andrew Talansky has retired from professional cycling aged just 28-years-old, bringing an end to his seven-year career at Slipstream Sports. 

In an announcement on his Instagram page, Talansky announced his decision to retire from cycling with immediate effect, thanking his team and the fans for their support during his career. 

The American promised to lead a resurgence in American Grand Tour contenders after having shown much promise early in his career. However, due to injury and bad luck, he was never able to capitalise on his natural talent. 

Notable results for Talansky include the overall victory at the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine and fifth at the 2016 Vuelta a Espana. Victory at the Dauphine promised Talansky to be a contender at that year's Tour de France until a crash ended his race. 

Famously, the American found himself adrift from the peloton on Stage 11, fighting to make the time cut before eventually abandoning the race that night. Since this Tour, Talansky has failed to reach the same potential, with crashes and injuries a constant presence. 

Talansky entered this season with hopes of racing a good Tour, yet with the surprise performance of teammate Rigoberto Uran, found himself on domestique duty eventually finishing 49th overall. 

With retirement, Talansky will finish his career a one-team man, having ridden with Cannondale-Drapac in all its guises since turning professional in 2010. 

Cannondale-Drapac will wave goodbye to the American, with doubts still surrounding their own future. Unless Jonathan Vaughters can secure $7 million for next season, the team will have to shut up shop. 

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