Hesjedal makes Canadian cycling history

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Just heard about this. A major achievement by Ryder Hesjedal from about 10 days ago. Congrats to Ryder. Better late than never!

Photograph by: Joseba Etxaburu, Reuters
Photograph by: Joseba Etxaburu, Reuters

BY CLEVE DHEENSAW,
VICTORIA TIMES COLONIST

VICTORIA — Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria continued his frenetic foray into the elite circles of professional road cycling Friday by becoming the first Canadian in history to win a stage on the Tour of Spain.

In taking the rugged 12th stage through the Sierra Madres, he also became only the second Canadian rider to win a stage in a Grand Tour event, following Steve Bauer of Fenwick, Ont., in the 1988 Tour de France.

“Stage victories are always remembered and respected in cycling and this win will be with me forever,” Hesjedal said in a phone interview from Spain, where he is competing in the 64th Tour of Spain, also known as the Vuelta.

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