Who’s Out: Talansky

Andrew-Talansky-659x440Andrew Talansky finished in last place in stage 11 from Besançon to Oyonnax. Photo by Tim De Waele.

American rider Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) is the latest rider to quit the Tour de France. Over the weekend, the 25-year-old crashed numerous times and hurt his back and hips. He hoped to recover during Tuesday’s rest day. But on Wednesday, he struggled to finish the race. On Thursday, he did not show up for the start of stage 12 in Bourg en-Bresse.

Through all his bad luck in this Tour, Talansky became somewhat of a hero while riding the last 30 miles of Wednesday’s race by himself. Fans waited along the course and cheered him on. Looking stiff and uncomfortable, he refused to call it quits even though he probably should have. He made it to the finish line just under the time cutoff. Talansky received no awards at this year’s Tour, but he certainly gained a few more followers. Chapeau for true grit.

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