In case you missed it, last weekend was a monumental time for the sport of Canadian cycling. Ryder Hesjedal (Victoria, BC) riding for Team Garmin-Barracuda won the Giro d’Italia (a 3 week long cycling race) — the first Grand Tour victory for a Canadian. Whoopt de doo you say? Well then let me put it into perspective for you. What Ryder just did would be like a hockey team from Nigeria coming in and winning the stanley cup. Yeah I know that’s a bit far fetched, but never the less, this is an incredible feat by a Canadian (on a Canadian bike even) winning one of the Grand Tours of professional cycling.
Congratulations to Ryder, his team and everyone who contributed to his win!
I love the fact that so many things are going on here at home in the sport of cycling. I mean other than the guy I met today, cycling is really gaining some serious momentum with so many GranFondos popping up all of the country and now we have a true champion of cycling. It’s a good time for cycling in Canada.
Check out the Q&A from Ryder’s website ”After The Dust Has Settled”: http://ryderhesjedal.ca/news/racing-news/item/hesjedal-qa-dust-has-settled-and-i-am-the-winner-of-the-giro
Here is a video of Stage 21 the last stage (The Time Trail) of the Giro d’Italia 2012 from Eurosport HD.
Ryder’s Team Website: http://www.slipstreamsports.com/2012/05/28/ryder-hesjedal-wins-giro-ditalia