This story from VeloNews perfectly compliments our press release on Andrew Talansky’s big win on Baldy. Reporter Caley Fretz gives context for the significance of the result with comments from Talansky and Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters.
With a visceral scream and two thumps to a green-clad chest the winless streak was over. Andrew Talansky won atop Mt. Baldy, took his team’s first WorldTour victory in over two years, doused their drought in California bubbly. Finally.
Ask Cannondale-Drapac if the drought was bothersome and they’ll say no.
“It wasn’t ever something I thought or focused on,” Talansky said.
Ask them to explain it, why it took so darn long to end, and they’ll redirect to their wins outside the WorldTour, and to close calls within it. They point to luck, or a lack thereof, and to decisions made that place a focus on bigger, harder to win races.
“I made a conscious effort in our recruiting to get guys who can maybe win big, not guys who are guaranteed to win small,” said team manager Jonathan Vaughters. “The result of that is that sometimes you might be forced to be extremely patient.”