Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal became the winner of the 95th Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Milan, Italy, on Sunday, May 27, 2012. Hesjedal won the 95th Giro d’Italia finishing 16 seconds ahead of Joaquin Rodriguez in the general classification after overhauling the Spaniard’s lead on the final stage in Milan. Hesjedal started the 21st stage 31 seconds behind Rodriguez, but completed the 28.2-kilometer (17.52-mile) individual time trial in 34 minutes, 15 seconds to finish the race in a total time of 91 hours, 39 minutes and 2 seconds. He becomes the first Canadian to win the Giro.
The Giro, is a long-distance road cycle race for professional cyclists held over three weeks in May/early June in and around Italy. The Giro is one of the three Grand Tours (the others being the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España), and is part of the UCI World Ranking calendar. There are a total of 21 stages in the entire race throughout Italy and over all terrain.
Ryder Hesjedal Stats:
Birth Place: Victoria, British Columbia
Current Residence: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Height: 6′2″ / 188 cm
Weight: 159 lbs. / 72 kg
Climbing Pro Since: 1999
Career Highlights: 2011 Tour de France – 18th overall • 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
Hesjedal is one powerhouse Canadian cyclist to watch in the upcoming London 2012 Olympics and Tour de France! We can’t wait to see what he does next!