How good does that sound? Congratulations Ryder.
Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria will roll down the historic Champs-Élysées in Paris today as the breakout performer of the 2010 Tour de France.
He’ll also be the Island’s biggest sporting landmark performer since basketball player Steve Nash and triathlete Simon Whitfield.
The Belmont Secondary graduate is assured of delivering the best result by a Canadian in the Tour de France since Steve Bauer of Fenwick, Ont., finished fourth in 1988.
Hesjedal will enter the 20th and final stage of the Tour in seventh place overall after yesterday’s 52-kilometre individual time trial from Bordeaux to Pauillac saw him move up from eighth. That will be his final placing as today’s last stage, a 102.5-kilometre flat ride into Paris from Longjumeau, is largely ceremonial.
“To be talked about in the same company as Steve Nash and Simon is pretty humbling,” said Hesjedal from France. “Seven is a pretty cool number, especially when it comes to [overall placing in] the Tour de France.” Hesjedal described the support on the road as “unreal,” saying he saw several Canadian flags waving, keeping him focused after three weeks of hard racing.
Nash has full plate leading up to NBA season
BY CLEVE DHEENSAW, TIMES COLONIST
JULY 30, 2009
Steve Nash of Victoria will be making more dockings in his home province in the next few months than a B.C. ferry.
There is the Showdown in Downtown charity soccer game at David Lam Park in Vancouver on Sept. 19 and a National Basketball Association preseason game between his Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trail Blazers at GM Place on Oct. 22. But the most personally satisfying occasion will be when Nash receives an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the University of Victoria in a special convocation ceremony Sept. 18 at the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. The ceremony will be webcast.
“I don’t want to sound like a jerk or anything, but I’ve been offered a lot of honourary degrees, and this is the only one I’ve accepted,” said Nash, in a teleconference interview yesterday with B.C. media.
“How could I say no to UVic? It was a big part of my basketball upbringing. UVic has a special place in my heart. I grew up in McKinnon Gym. It was such a central part of our [Gordon Head] community and I lived in that gym.”
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