BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Former Lees-McRae College cyclist, Andrew Talansky, signed a professional contract with a ProTour team Garmin-Transitions for 2011.
Talansky was a member of Lees-McRae's National Championship Cycling Team his freshman year. He competed in road race, team time trial and criterium for the Bobcats.
"Doing all three races is rare, but Andrew promised me he was ready so I trusted him," former cycling head coach Brian Sheedy said. "He raced great in all three races and even won the road race."
Talansky recently won the US Under 23 time trial prior to signing his contract with team Garmin-Transitions. His contract with the ProTour team begins in 2011 as Talansky looks to wrap-up his amateur career.
"Andrew has an amazing work ethic," Sheedy said. "He did everything he needed to do to be his best. He ate healthy, went to bed early and logged more training miles than anyone else on the team. He was a pleasure to coach at Lees-McRae."
Talanksy looks forward to competing in ProTour races Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Amstel Gold, Tour de California Tour de Suisse and the Criterium du Dauphine for team Garmin-Transitions.
"I have seen many great athletes and performances at Lees-McRae, but Andrew was special," Sheedy said. "He was always polite, helpful and eager to learn. I am very proud of him and look forward to following his progression in the ProTour."