Changing their lives and ours

Updated: January 25, 2013, 6:43 PM ET
By Ben King | VeloNews.com

LUCCA, Italy -- My parents raised me to be well rounded, which has helped me adapt to new countries, cultures, languages, teammates and circumstances since I became a pro cyclist. But since leaving Virginia Tech in 2009 to pursue my goal of a ProTour contract, the sport has consumed me.

From the season's beginning in early January to its end in late October, I break my daily routine -- eat, sleep, ride -- only for international travel and team events. Immersed in cycling culture, it's easy ...

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