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Americans Abroad: Talansky up to top-10 at Vuelta

Cannondale – Drapac's Andrew Talansky is poised to equal his career-best finish at the Vuelta a Espana, riding top-10 overall into the final week.

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Americans Abroad,” our weekly check-in with the American pros in the European peloton. VeloNews will publish these updates every Monday throughout the season.

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Since the beginning of the Vuelta a España, Cannondale – Drapac’s Andrew Talansky has said he’s striving to match his seventh-place overall finish from the 2012 Vuelta. Sure enough, ahead of the race’s final rest day, the American was seventh overall, 6:43 behind race leader Nairo Quintana of Movistar. Talansky’s best stage result has been eighth on the queen stage, Saturday’s mountainous ride to a summit finish on Col d’Aubsique. Better still, his young Italian teammate, Davide Formolo is not far behind in eighth place overall.

Ian Boswell (Team Sky)

Boswell was 72nd place at the Vuelta after stage 16. His primary role has been to work for Sky team leader Chris Froome, but with those GC aspirations fading, the young climber may get a chance to ride in a breakaway in the race’s final week.

Adrien Costa (Etixx – Quick-Step)

Costa, riding in his first WorldTour race, did not start stage 3 of the Tour of Britain.

Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale – Drapac)

The 25-year-old was 78th overall at the Vuelta, with five days of racing to go.

Taylor Eisenhart (BMC Racing)

A stagiaire on the BMC team, Eisenhart was 91st overall after Monday’s stage 2 at the Tour of Britain.

Tyler Farrar (Dimension Data)

Farrar was 157th overall going into the Vuelta’s final day off. He and 90 fellow riders benefitted from a lenient race jury in stage 15 Sunday, which elected not to time cut the grupetto that finished over 50 minutes behind winner Gianluca Brambilla.

Chad Haga (Giant – Alpecin)

Haga was 73rd overall after stage 16. In a recent journal entry, he said “I’m not physically or mentally cracked. Don’t get me wrong, I’m slowly losing my mind to the grand tour vortex, but that’s more to do with the race’s theme song than anything else.” If you’ve been watching the race on TV here in the U.S., we’d wager you feel the same way.

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Ben King (Cannondale – Drapac)

King was 53rd overall Tuesday at the Vuelta. Thanks in part to his efforts, Talansky has moved into the top-10 overall at the Vuelta.

Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing)

Joining Eisenhart in Britain, Phinney was 90th overall after stage 2.

Kiel Reijnen (Trek – Segafredo)

Reijnen sat 136th overall after stage 16 at the Vuelta, and he also enjoyed his best finish in Monday’s stage, eighth in the sprint behind winner JP Drucker of BMC Racing.

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Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing)

Rosskopf was the lone American in Norway at Tour des Fjords, and he finished 57th overall in the five-day race.

Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing)

Van Garderen, 95th overall after Monday, made the breakaway in Saturday’s tough stage through the Pyrenees, and his teammate, Samuel Sanchez was sixth overall on the Vuelta’s final rest day.

Larry Warbasse (IAM Cycling)

Warbasse was 49th overall Tuesday and has been a frequent presence in the Vuelta’s breakaways, most recently going off the front in stage 14, where he also earned his second-best result of the race so far, 14th.

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Tayler Wiles (Orica – AIS)

Wiles was the lone American at the Boels Rentals Ladies Tour, and she finished 33rd overall in the Netherlands.

Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche

Nine American women are racing the seven-day Tour de l’Ardèche in France. After the stage 5 individual time trial, Melinda McCutcheon was 27th, Jennifer Luebke was 32nd, Mandy Heintz (Visit Dallas) was 34th, Jennifer Tetrick was 36th, Anna Sanders (Visit Dallas) was 41st, Bethany Allen (Inpa – Bianchi) was 55th, Kathryn Donovan (Bianchi – Colavita) was 65th, Breanne Nalder (Visit Dallas) was 67th, and Irena Ossola was 85th.

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