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Andrew Talansky announces shock retirement

Cannondale-Drapac rider Andrew Talansky has unexpectedly announced his retirement from professional cycling

Talansky shared his news social media today, adding space for further announcements into his future plans.

Talansky biggest carrer win was the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine, he also earned three top-ten spots in Grand Tours. His best result was a fifth place at last year's Vuelta a España, where he finished seventh in 2012 and came in tenth at the 2013 Tour de France.

Nicknamed 'Pit Bull', he started his career at  Amore & Vita in 2009, onto Giant Berry Farm-Specialized for one year before joining his current team..

"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."

The announcement comes at a time when the Cannondale-Drapac team looks to secure millions of dollars of new funding to continue in 2018.

Senator John Kerry has recently stepped in to provide support and networking in order to facilitate funding from potential sponsors.

We look forward to hear more news about Talansky's future plans that hopefully involve more cycling!

 

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. 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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