Andrew Talansky announces retirement
Sep 05 2017 07:47 pm CET

Andrew Talansky announces retirement
Andrew Talansky announces retirement
Photo of Andrew Talansky by Cannondale-Drapac

Cannondale-Drapac rider Andrew Talansky (28) has unexpectedly announced his retirement from professional cycling.

The New Yorker shared his decision on social media, leaving space for speculation regarding his future in the world of cycling.

Talansky won the Criterium du Dauphine in 2014 and earned three top-ten spots in grand tours. His best result was a fifth place at last year's Vuelta a España, where he had already finished seventh in 2012. He also came in tenth at the 2013 Tour de France.

'Pit Bull', as he is nicknamed, made his professional debut at Amore & Vita in 2009 and went on to represent Giant Berry Farm-Specialized for one year before joining his current team in 2011.

"After a great deal of thought and consideration, it is time to bring down the curtain on my career as a professional cyclist. It has been a truly incredible ride," the American wrote on Instagram.

"I’ll miss my teammates and the camaraderie on and off the bike, but most of all I’m going to miss the fans. Few sports put its fans closer to the action, which is a large part of what makes pro cycling so special. Your support and encouragement, on good days and bad, has meant more to me than I can express. I’ve lived out a dream and I have Slipstream Sports and you, the fans, to thank for that.

"While this is the end of the road for my pro cycling career, it’s also a new beginning to follow my passion, and I look forward to sharing more soon. Until then, on behalf of myself and my family, thanks for seven great years."



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