June 15, 2014

In what was one of the most exciting days of racing this season, Andrew Talansky went on the attack and erased a 39 second deficit to win the overall classification at Critérium du Dauphiné. The final stage covered just 131.5km, but included two category 1 climbs in the final 20km, including an uphill finish at Courchevel.

Director Sportif Geert Van Bondt emailed us following the stage:

“We knew coming in that today’s short, hilly stage could be dangerous .  After 20 km there was a short hard climb, where there were many attacks and a group of 21 riders went clear. Andrew and Ryder were in it so it was the perfect situation for us. Ryder did an amazing job helping Andrew all day and all week. Then, at  20 km to go, we told Andrew that he had to do his own TT and give everything and go for the GC win. He did it, and he showed today that he is a true champion. We are very happy and proud of this win.”

Andrew also wrote us after the stage finish:

“Today was an amazing day for me and a big step forward. I had great support from the team all week and especially from Ryder. Thanks to him and the entire team. This is such a special victory.”

Ryder Hesjedal played a huge role in helping Andrew take the victory this week. Although Ryder came into the Dauphiné after just 7 days of rest after the Giro, he rode brilliantly all week. Ryder added:

“Helping Andrew take the win today was a honor. Its been a hard week of racing but we’ve worked as a team and I’m really proud of his victory. Andrew showed amazing grit and perseverance and I couldn’t be happier for him and the team.”

You can view full team results on the Dauphiné race page: http://www.slipstreamsports.com/2014/06/05/criterium-du-dauphine/

View the full stage 8 photo gallery here: http://www.slipstreamsports.com/2014/06/15/gallery-criterium-du-dauphine-st-8/

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