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Andrew Talansky announces shock retirement from cycling

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Andrew Talansky, 28, announced his retirement from professional cycling Tuesday.

“After a great deal of thought and consideration, it is time to bring down the curtain on my career as a professional cyclist. It has been a truly incredible ride,” Talansky wrote on Instagram.

“I’ll miss my teammates and the camaraderie on and off the bike, but most of all I’m going to miss the fans. Few sports put its fans closer to the action, which is a large part of what makes pro cycling so special. Your support and encouragement, on good days and bad, has meant more to me than I can express. I’ve lived out a dream and I have Slipstream Sports and you, the fans, to thank for that.

“While this is the end of the road for my pro cycling career, it’s also a new beginning to follow my passion, and I look forward to sharing more soon. Until then, on behalf of myself and my family, thanks for seven great years.”

The American rider was fifth overall in last year’s Vuelta a Espana and won the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné. His best result this year was a win in stage 5 at the Tour of California.

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