Andrew Talansky

Nationality: American
Date of birth: November 23, 1988
Height: 175cm
Weight: 63kg
Team: Garmin-Sharp
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Despite his potential, Andrew Talansky wasn’t the first rider American fans would have backed at the Tour de France – that is until his surprise victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné. While chief protagonists Chris Froome and Alberto Contador argued about who should be chasing Talansky and the 23-man break he was in, the young American, sat in third overall, was slowly reducing his 39-second deficit to move in to the lead.

The 25-year-old has been consistent throughout the rest of the season, but this time finally returned a win – his first stage race win since the Tour de l’Ain in 2012. So what does it mean for the Tour? Talansky’s career-best victory so far will provide a confidence boost ahead of the race. He finished tenth last year – his Tour debut – and although he knows his climbing isn’t as good as Froome’s or Contador’s he is more than capable of taking advantage of any weaknesses displayed by the favourites.

Major results: 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné

Garmin-Sharp, Majorca, February 2014

Garmin set for change of direction

The Garmin-Sharp team, so long the advocates of high-risk tactics, will re-route their race sat-nav and put their weight behind Andrew Talansky for the Tour‘s general classification this year. Rather…

Alberto Contador, Andrew Talansky and Jurgen Van den Broeck after the final stage of of the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine

Garmin-Sharp backs Andrew Talansky for Tour de France

David Millar has been controversially omitted from the Garmin-Sharp team that will be built around Andrew Talansky at the Tour de France this year. The 37-year-old Millar today communicated via…