Friday March 8, 2013
American Talansky takes stage and yellow jersey
BRIOUDE (France): American rider Andrew Talansky of the Garmin team won the third stage of the Paris-Nice on Wednesday and took the overall lead after a six-man breakaway held off the peloton following 170.5km between Chatel-Guyon and Brioude.
The 24-year-old Miami native edged out escape partners Davide Malacarne of Italy and Spaniard Gorka Izagirre on a wet afternoon as he picked up his biggest career win and also took the overall lead. Talansky, who finished seventh on the Tour of Spain, also says the recent confesssion by former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong that he cheated his way to the top has liberated the sport.
“There’s a large shadow that’s been lifted with his (Armstrong) admissions,” said the American. “It’s an exciting period for the sport with plenty of promise that opens things up for me and Tejay (Van Garderen),” he added.
“Those people who were sceptical during the Armstrong era only have to look at Tejay and myself now.” — AFP