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Optimism becomes pain for Talansky

Stage 11 of the Tour de France quickly became suffering in the purest sense

Updated: July 18, 2014, 2:42 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

Garmin-Sharp team leader Andrew Talansky, 25, of Miami, came into the Tour de France widely regarded as a contender for a top-three finish. That wasn't to be, as Talansky crashed heavily twice in the first 10 days of the race and found himself laboring in excruciating pain during Stage 11 from Besancon to Oyonnax in the Jura mountains of eastern France. Talansky stopped by the side of the road with just over 30 miles to go in the 117-mile stage, in obvious physical and emotional distress, ...

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