So its official Ryder Hesjedal has won the Giro d’Italia and created cycling history by becoming the first Canadian to win.
Hesjedal, claimed the pink jersey from Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez after the 28.2km final-day time trial. Rodriguez, who led by 31 seconds overnight, finished 16 seconds behind in second with Thomas De Gendt third. Briton Mark Cavendish came second in the points competition after Rodriguez overtook him on the penultimate stage.
Hesjedal said “It was just an unreal experience from day one, with what we’ve been able to do, with the support of the team”.
“I couldn’t have done it without them. I knew I was good when I came here. I just stayed focused and took advantage of the situation. I kept feeding off that support.”
This is also the first time his Garmin team have made the podium in their five-year history.
I also love Ryder’s name – it couldn’t be more perfect for a cyclist. I once had a home economics teacher called Mrs Salt, go figure!
Final Stage 21 Standings:
1. Marco Pinotti (Ita/BMC Racing)
2. Geraint Thomas, (GB/Sky Procycling) at 39 seconds
3. Jesse Sergent, New Zealand, RadioShack-Nissan at 53 seconds
4. Alex Rasmussen (Den/Garmin-Barracuda) at 1 minute
5. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) at 1 minute 1 second
6. Ryder Hesjedal (Can/Garmin-Barracuda) at 1 minute 9 seconds
1. Ryder Hesjedal (Can/Garmin-Barracuda), 91 hours, 39 minutes, 2 seconds
2. Joaquin Rodriguez, (Esp/Katusha) at 16 seconds
3. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) at 1 minute 39 seconds
4. Michele Scarponi (Ita/Lampre) at 2 minutes 5 seconds
5. Ivan Basso (Ita/Liquigas) at 3 minutes 44 seconds
6. Damiano Cunego (Ita/Lampre) at 4 minutes 40 seconds