Talansky: Nothing comes easy and I’ve fought for everything

    After his stage win in the Amgen Tour of California and third-place finish overall, Cyclingnews.com caught up with Andrew Talansky in Criterium du Dauphiné, the race in which he currently stands twelfth overall.

    There is a newfound assuredness about Andrew Talansky as he warms down at the end of stage 2 of the Criterium du Dauphine. It’s clear to see as he cautiously makes his way towards the rollers, cleats-a-clacking as he tiptoes across the dusty tarmac before clipping in and spinning the four hours of lactic out of his legs.

    As he shifts through the gears with a seamless ease that only Grand Tour riders can produce, he chats with several of his Cannondale-Drapac teammates, thanking them for their efforts and joining in with the collective eye-rolls when the discussion switches to faulty race radios. He looks lean, he looks confident and most importantly, perhaps, he looks happy.

    Whisper it, but Andrew Talansky could be about to have the best summer of his sporting life.

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