Giro d’Italia – Final – Ryder wins Maglia Rosa!

He was the first Canadian to wear the Maglia Rosa, no small feat in itself, but now Victoria’s Ryder Hesjadal is the first Canadian Grand Tour winner taking the Giro d’Italia with an impressive performance in today’s timetrial. Joaquim Rodriguez, who often struggles in the time trial, gave an absolutely impressive and brave performance trying to protect the Maglia Rosa. Bravo Joaquim, Bravo!

Marco Pinotti won the technical 33km timetrial, which featured some very tight turns, 180 roundabouts and tiled sections in the finale. If the competitors were going to push, the course could have pushed back and Hesjedal knows this as much as anyone as he had his rear will slip out going through one of these technical curves. He managed to keep the bike on it’s line and the result was more of a scare than anything. De Gendt was the first of the main competitors to set scorching times through the intermediate points, but two riders behind him was Hesjedal matching the superior timetrialists times almost to the second. Joaquim Rodriguez, again was putting in a valiant effort but had lost about 2 seconds per kilometer through the first 10km and couldn’t recover.

Stage 21 Top Three
1. Marco Pinotti (BMC)_____33’06”
2. Geraint Thomas (SKY)____+38″
3. Jesse Sergent (RNT)_____+52″

Complete Stage 21 results: Gazzetta Official

Final General Classification

1. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)_____91h39’02”
2. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)__+16″
3. Thomas DeGendt (VAC)_____+1’39”
4. Michele Scarponi (LAM)___+2’05”
5. Ivan Basso (LIQ)_________+3’44”
6. Damiano Cungeo (LAM)_____+4’40”
7. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)_____+5’57”
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (COG)_6’28”
9. Serio Luis Haneo (SKY)___7’50”
10. Mikel Nieve (EUS)_______+8’08”

Complete General Classification: Gazzetta Official

Final Points Jersey Classification

1. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)_____139pts
2. Mark Cavendish (SKY)________138pts
3. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)________113pts

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