Team Garmin-Slipstream – Tour de France 2009, stage 4, originally uploaded by Garmin Slipstream Pro Cycling Team
Hesjedal gains ground at Tour de France
Published: July 07, 2009 10:00 AM
Victoria’s Ryder Hesjedal made a dramatic move in the team time-trial, stage four of the 2009 Tour de France standings on Tuesday.
Hesjedal, a former mountain biker and the only Canadian in this year’s Tour de France, climbed from 49th to 21st in the short, 39 kilometre race around Montpellier. He now sits one minute, 46 seconds back of Swiss leader Fabian Cancellara of team Saxo Bank.
Hesjedal’s team Garmin-Slipstream is fourth overall after 438 kilometres, three minutes and five seconds back of Lance Armstrong’s team Astana.
Wednesday’s stage five sees a return to long distance racing as the tour steers 196.5 km south from Le Cap D’Agde to Perpignan.