Ryder exceeds all expectations on the Tourmalet

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Ryder on the way to an inspiring 4th place stage 17 finish, only 1:27 behind Andy Schleck, the stage winner.  Hesjedal now sits 8th in the GC, the best showing by a Canadian since Steve Bauer’s 4th in 1988.

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3 thoughts on “Ryder exceeds all expectations on the Tourmalet

    Condor said:
    July 23, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    Canada wins the most Golds in the Olympics, a Chrystal Globe and has a top 10 finisher in the Tour de France. Move over Norway we are the worlds new sporting nation! So amazed and impressed by the consistency of Ryder and rising up and performing when it counts. First in the prologue, Stage 3 and the then in the queen stage.

    Bravo

      inklake said:
      July 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM

      Hesjedal has been a beast on the Tour this year. Because his team is decimated by injury, he was given the chance to go from being a domestique to being the main Garmin GC rider. He hasn’t disappointed. The amount of courage required to take part in a breakaway attempt over the Paris-Roubaix cobblestones or in the Alps must be huge. And Ryder has consistently attacked in the tour, even in the mountain stages where he considers himself too tall to be effective. Jake, you can probably relate to issues of height and cycling. A lot of these guys are jockey-sized superhumans. lol.

      inklake said:
      July 23, 2010 at 9:50 AM

      And I agree about Canada making a major international statement right now. What’s next? How is the rowing team doing this summer?

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