Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp)white jersey at Paris-Nice
It’s well documented that 24-year-old Andrew Talansky hails from South Florida’s flatlands, yet that hasn’t hindered his ascent to the top ranks of the pro peloton with Garmin-Sharp. On the heels of a stage win, second overall, and winning the white jersey at Paris-Nice, Andrew reflects on the past week and looks ahead to what’s next.
Last year, you proved that the 2011 rookie season was no fluke; highlighted by second overall and the white jersey at the Tour of Romandie. After that success, what’s changed psychologically about your approach to racing this year?
I gained a lot of confidence from my performances at Romandie, Tour de L’ain, and the Vuelta last year. Romandie was a bit of a “surprise.” Tour de L’ain reminded me of what it felt like to win. The Vuelta showed me I have the consistency over the course of three weeks to develop into a real grand tour contender. I took all of that into this year, so I was very confident that as long as I put in the work and dedicated myself to the plan that [coach] Jesse Moore came up with, it would pay off at Paris-Nice. I still approach races the same as I always have, to get the best performance possible out of myself, whatever that may be. [Read more…]