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Amazing truly amazing is what I can say after Ryder Hesjedal's (Garmin-Slipstream) mighty win in todays stage 12 at the Vuelta!
His climbing skills came to the fore as he out muscled David Garcia (Xacobeo Galicia) to be the first Canadian to win a stage at the Vuelta. Steve Bauer was the first Canuck to win a Grand Tour stage at the 1988 Tour de France.
It wasn't easy. For this vicious stage marked the first of three mountain stages. Including the tortuous Alto de Velefique, twice. How vicious was it? Three cat 1 & a cat 3 climb for a distance of 179 kms. I call it painful enough.
Hesjedal had what it took to win it. After stage 10s close second, the Garmin train took speed after team mate, Tyler Farrar won stage 11. Quite a race, so far, for the Garmins as Hesjedal's win is the second stage victory in a row! Further proof for Canadian cycling as we showed that we have the talent to win. His important victory will give a huge shot in the arm for Canadian cycling. Hesjedal is going very well and dare I say, the World's are coming up and the course looks well suited for him.
The last 4 km's...
Only Garcia could stay with Ryder!
All from: www.cyclingnews.com
Tonight, I'm proudly waving the Maple Leaf!