Tour Weekly Recap: Talansky Perseveres in the Last Stages of the Tour
The Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team is coming down the home stretch of the Tour de France. Each rider has spent a mind-boggling amount of energy climbing the great mountains of France. As a result of their hard work a few riders have made a late charge including Andrew Talansky who came close to taking home a victory at Stage 17. Now the remaining Ride Argyle racers will try to grind out the last few stages before riding into Paris on Sunday.
Before they move into that final stage, here's a quick recap of how the team competed this week. If you want to catch up from the beginning of the Tour, you can see the recap from Stages 1-3, Stages 4-7 and Stages 8-13 here. You can also visit slipstreamsports.com for more coverage!
Stage 14 - Saturday, July 18
Cannondale-Garmin believed the breakaway would likely stay away to contest the Stage 14 win at the Tour de France on Saturday. With this idea in mind, the team was fully focused on getting Andrew Talansky and Ryder Hesjedal up the road. Although the push was designed for those two, Kristjian Koren made a good second move and ended up in 14th place.
Stage 15 – Sunday, July 19
Ramunas Navardauskas raced to sixth place in Valence during Stage 15. Cannondale-Garmin put three riders in the early position, but it was Navardauskas who broke away from the pack.
“I thought it was a good time for a guy like me to try the sprint because some of the sprinters were dropped,” explained Navardauskas. “We could see people were getting tired and some riders couldn’t pedal very hard anymore. That’s when I decided to try it.”
Stage 16 – Monday, July 20
The medium-mountain stage amounted to another tough challenge for Ride Argyle. Once again Talansky showed off his toughness by ending the stage in 36th place. With this finish Talansky, seemed prepared for another aggressive race after the rest day.
Stage 17– Wednesday, July 22
Talansky continued his incredible drive with a second place in Pra Loop following another gutsy ride. Talansky was in the early break and chased valiantly for a chance at the win, making up nearly a minute on the final climb to the stage 17 finish. This race pushed him to 12th in the overall standings.
"I always come strong in the third week of a Grand Tour," said Talansky.
Stage 18 – Thursday, July 23
Talansky charged toward the top of the race again in Stage 18 with a ninth place finish on Thursday. Ryder Hesjedal also had an impressive performance that put him in 28th for the stage. Dan Martin rounded out the top performers for Ride Argyle on the day with a 48th place start.
Stage 19 – Friday, July 24
In the final race before the final, legendary climb up Alpe d’Huez, Talansky registered a determined 12th place finish.
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