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Andrew Talansky, top U.S. cyclist, retires

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during stage 10 of the 2017 Le Tour de France, a 178km stage from Perigueux to Bergerac on July 11, 2017 in Perigueux, France.

Bryn Lennon

U.S. cyclist Andrew Talansky surprisingly announced his retirement at age 28 on Tuesday, saying he has “a new beginning to follow my passion, and I look forward to sharing more soon,” in a social media post.

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

Talansky, from South Florida, spent the last few years as a Grand Tour general classification rider. He was the top U.S. finisher at the Tour de France in 2013 (10th) and 2015 (11th) and at the Vuelta a España in 2012 (seventh) and 2016 (fifth).

He never raced at the Olympics.

Talansky’s cycling team -- Cannondale-Drapac -- could fold after this season due to financial struggles. It hopes to raise $7 million in a crowdfunding campaign.

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