BC's Ryder Hesjedal wins Giro d'Italia, makes Canadian cycling history

Ryder Hesjedal

Ryder Hesjedal made Canadian history with his 2012 Giro d'Italia win, becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour race.

Hesjedal, who hails from Victoria, British Columbia, had also become the first Canadian to take the pink jersey as the overall leader in the Giro d'Italia. 

Some highlights of Hesjedal's career:

  • 2010 Tour de France - Team 1st
  • 2010 Tour de France - Stage 2 (TTT) 1st
  • 2011 Tour de France - Stage 16 3rd
  • 2010 Tour de France - 7th overall
  • 2009 Vuelta a Espana, 1st - Stage 12
  • 2008 Giro d’Italia, 1st - Stage 1 team time trial
  • 2007 Tour de Georgia, 1st - Mountains Classification
  • 2007 Canadian National Time Trial Championships, 1st
  • Seven-time World Mountain Bike Championship Medalist

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