Talansky and King Win Gold and Silver in National TT Championship
It was a great day in Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team as Andrew Talansky won gold and Ben King placed second and earned a silver medal at the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial Championships. Talansky secured his victory with a time of 38:48 and King was right behind him with a time of 38:58. It has been a long time coming for Andrew.
“I’m very proud to have won today and I’m even more proud of the fact that Cannondale-Garmin went 1-2 with myself and Ben King,” said Talansky about his first elite national title. “I haven’t won a time trial since U23 Nationals in 2010 so to win here in Chattanooga is an incredible feeling. More than anything I am looking forward to bringing the jersey back to Europe, to the Dauphine, and especially to the Tour de France. I cannot wait to line up at the start of the greatest race in the world in the stars and stripes, representing Cannondale-Garmin. It’s an honor.”
The time trial course in Chattanooga is comprised of two identical laps and can be viewed here. Talansky was able to post negative splits while King posted his fastest lap on lap one.
“I always love time trials because it is about getting the most out of yourself,” continued Talansky. “That is all you have control over. Today I did the best ride I was capable of and thankfully that landed me on the top step of the podium. I wasn’t confident it would be enough but in the end it was, and it was a satisfying feeling to know that I had won.”
Talanksy and King will try to continue the momentum when they join teammates Joe Dombrowski, Alex Howes and Ted King on Monday and try to capture a second national title for Cannondale-Garmin in the road race. The road race will be live streamed here and starts at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Update: Unfortunately, Talansky and King did not podium during the road national championships on Monday, but Joe Dombrowski overcame a crash to finish in second place and Alex Howes finished in fourth place to round out a great weekend for the team.
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