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What we know almost halfway through the Vuelta

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.