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At the beginning of the 2010 season, Andrew Talansky was a 21-year-old riding for the amateur Cal Giant squad with no major results to his name. By November 2011, he had become a Garmin-Cervélo ProTeam rider with four top-10 results in time trial stages of major European races.
Talansky started the season with fourth overall at Tour Mediterranean, and finished the season with 16th at the world time trial championship. In between those events, he placed in the top 10 of time trials at Paris-Nice, Critérium International, the Tour of the Basque Country and the Tour of Romandie.
He also finished his first grand tour, a grueling Vuelta a España, riding his way into the breakaway on the decisive Angliru summit stage.
A talented climber as well, Talansky already possesses all the major attributes of a future grand-tour winner; 2011 will be remembered as the season the world took notice.
Coming Monday: Time Trialist of the Year.