Ryder Hesjedal Wins the Giro d'Italia
After another fantastic weekend of racing in the Giro, we finally saw the Candadian, Garmin Barracuda rider, Hesjedal end up on the top step of the podium and Claim the trophy and pink jersey as winner of the Giro d'Italia, in doing so he has become the first of his country men to win a major tour.
The Race for pink has been an epic battle since the start of the mountains between Hesjedal and Rodriguez, each attacking day after day gaining time stealing the jersey only to lose it again.
On Friday the Garmin rider got the gap down to 17 sec than lost it all the following day when Rodriguez attacked on the infamous Stelvio Pass, but the Spaniard admitted beforehand that his gains in the mountains wernt enough and he would need a miracle to hold onto the pink jersey in the final day time trial. Ryder clad in his Castelli Bodypaint skinsuit stormed the course finishing the shortened stage in 6th place and gaining the time needed to become champion.
And so it was Ryder won back all of his time deficite by the first time check and continued to grow his gap, winning the Giro by 17 sec overall.
There was some comfort for Joaquim Rodriguez his run of top five finishes earnt him the Red points jersey ahead of Britains Mark Cavendish (by one point).
But this was Ryder Hesjedals day
“This is incredible, I can’t quite believe it,” said the Garmin rider. “I have to thank my team for their efforts over the past three weeks, I couldn’t have done it without them. I’ve had to dig deeper and deeper as the race has gone on. I also like to thank all the Canadian fans back home for their incredible support.
“It’s been a fantastic experience. I started to believe in it more and more when I realized that I was riding better in the mountains than I ever have in any other race. My legs felt good, I was strong in my head, and I reached the last day in good condition and managed to write an important page in history.”