Napa’s Andrew Talansky announced his retirement from professional cycling, Cyclingnews.com and VeloNews.com reported last month.

Talansky, riding for Cannondale-Drapac, was 49th in the final overall standings of this year’s Tour de France. The total distance of the Tour de France was 2,199.7 miles.

Talansky announced last week that he will begin doing triathlons, a combination of swimming, cycling and running.

Talansky made the announcement on Instagram.

“After a short, restful break, I’m officially un-retired and ready to share my next chapter!” Talansky wrote on Instagram. “Growing up in Florida I swam and ran cross country competitively before picking up cycling. See where this is headed? Triathlon, and what’s often considered the ultimate test of mind, body, and spirit: Ironman.

“Most often in life we are pulled towards the logical path, but I’ve always preferred to let my heart and intuition lead me. I’m fortunate to be able to follow my passion – that which inspires and motivates me – and take on the challenge of venturing into the unknown.

“As I enter the world of triathlon and Ironman I’ll be supported by a great group of partners who share my values, excitement, and commitment to this new adventure. I am also looking forward to using this platform to further my work with charitable causes that I feel strongly about.

“Please say hi if you see me swimming, riding, running or out and about with my family.”

Talansky added, “I hope you’ll follow along here to share in the journey.”

Talansky, who had a nine-year professional road racing career, finished 22nd overall at the Criterium du Dauphine in June.

Talansky finished third overall after the seventh and final stage of the Amgen Tour of California in May. He was also fifth in the sprints standings.

The 575-mile Tour de France-style cycling road race is held over seven days, featuring the world’s top professional cycling teams.

It’s a UCI WorldTour race and has a field that includes Olympians, Tour de France contenders and world champions.

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Jason Anthony, a Justin-Siena High School graduate who played golf for the Braves and Napa Valley College, is off to a very good start at the 37th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Anthony moved on to match play after finishing in a tie for 28th place in stroke play qualifying at Capital City Club in Atlanta and Atlanta National Golf Club. Anthony had rounds of 73 and 72 for a two-round 145 total.

In the Round of 64 on Tuesday, Anthony beat Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 6 and 4. Smith is a four-time Mid-Amateur champion.

Anthony, a resident of Fairfield who also played golf at Fresno State, is a two-time U.S. Amateur qualifier and made it to the Round of 16 at last year’s Mid-Amateur.

The U.S. Mid-Amateur is a U.S. Golf Association national championship for golfers who are least 25 years of age.

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Torrey Van Winden, a sophomore outside hitter for the Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo volleyball team, was named as the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week, it was announced.

Van Winden, a Vintage High graduate, had 25 kills and 13 digs, leading Cal Poly (16-2 overall, 6-0 Big West Conference) to a 3-2 win Saturday over Hawaii.

Email Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at mjames@napanews.com, follow him on Twitter at @marty_nvr, or call 256-2223.

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