What we know almost halfway through the Vuelta

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Aug. 27, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM EDT
Andrew Talansky started on the back foot after Garmin crashed in the team time trial, but he's ridden well to keep his shot at the top 10 alive. Photo: Graham Watson |

Talansky is the real deal

Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) is proving he’s the real deal through the opening nine days of racing. He was livid when Garmin botched the team time trial, with four riders crashing and causing him to lose 1:27 to Movistar on opening day in Pamplona. Take away that time loss and if Garmin had posted its typical TTT ride, Talansky would be sitting comfortably in the top 10. As it is, Talansky has taken the setback in stride and ridden within himself to limit his losses in the short, explosive finales to remain in solid position. Now 16th, a strong time trial ride Wednesday could catapult him back near or perhaps even into the top 10. Riding just his second Vuelta, Talansky is already confirming he’s a rider for the grand tours. At just 24, the future is now for Talansky.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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