Unzipped: pro cyclist Andrew Talansky

The Tour de France athlete shares his obsessions, on and off the bike.

Andrew Talansky is one of the most promising young cyclists out there right now. Last year, he took first place at the famous Criterium du Dauphine. He also battled it out in the Tour de France, despite suffering injuries from multiple crashes during the race. (His Tour sadly ended at Stage 11 when he called it quits—we can be sure he’ll be back to take care of unfinished business in the next round.) We caught up with the 26-year-old Cannondale-Garmin Pro team leader to find out some of his favorite tools for success. Here, the Talansky-approved gym bag essentials list.

apple ipod touch

"I can't work out without music. I listen to whatever fits my mood. Country, rap, alternative—you name it, I listen to it."
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new balance fresh foam sneakers

"The ultra-plush cushioning gives me a super soft, bouncy ride that helps protect my feet but doesn't sacrifice speed."
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trigger point mini foam roller

"It fits perfectly in my bag and helps me massage and stretch aching muscles after a good gym session."
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garmin viviofit fitness band

"As a professional athlete, having access to my data is a key part of my training. With the Vivofit, I can see all of my data right on my wrist while I'm working out."
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garmin heart rate monitor

"I pair my Garmin heart rate monitor to my Vivofit, so I can track my heart rate and adjust my work outs accordingly to make the most of my time at the gym."
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camelbak podium chill insulated bottle

"Hydration is key when working out and this bottle keeps my drink cooler, longer."
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scratch labs drink mix

"My favorite flavor is lemon lime."
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bose quietcomfort noise-canceling headphones

"These are always in my gym bag; I can't work out without them."
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