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The 10 biggest cycling stories of 2013

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Dec. 31, 2013
Tejay van Garderen didn't hold back when he earned the leader's jersey at the Amgen Tour of California in May. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

8. Talansky rises; Tejay wins

In sharp contrast were breakout performances by two Americans from a very different time and place. Jonathan Vaughters calls him the “Pit Bull,” and in 2013, Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) showed the world why. After posting impressive results in his first two seasons in the bigs, the 25-year-old raised his game yet again in 2013, winning a stage and riding to second overall at Paris-Nice.

Yet it was during an intense, hard-fought Tour debut that Talansky proved he has the guts and confidence to be a player. He never gave up, fighting all the way to Paris to snag a morale-boosting top-10 result.

It was equally as important a season for Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), who finally punched his way into the winner’s column. Ever since his impressive rookie season in 2010, when he quickly proved he has World Tour pedigree, van Garderen was growing desperate for a stage race victory after a growing list of podiums. He scored his first pro stage race wins in encouraging fashion at both the Amgen Tour of California and the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado.

Those W’s will help ease the pressure as Van Garderen rides into 2014 as BMC’s outright leader for the Tour. America’s GC hopes are secure with Talansky and Van Garderen, and 2013 proved decisive to both.

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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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