Rydering to stage 8 victory!
Canada's Ryder Hesjedal scored a fine stage 8 win at the Tour of California. He finished the race fifth overall and help the Garmin's win the team overall. Impressive.
A good start to the season with a sixth at the Volta a Catalunya then a solid second at the Amstel Gold Classic. But not a surprise especially scoring an first ever Canadian stage win at the last years Vuelta. And he does so well in Italy's special classic, Monte Paschi Eroica. He hung on for fifth and looks to get on the podium next year.
Irish teammate, Daniel Martin deserves huge credit for his consistent ride up the Monte Zoncolan. For the 23 year old and his second Grand Tour marks a rite of passage. Just go up this beast of a climb right after climbing three high mountain passes is a huge confidence booster. He finished ninth 3'31" behind Ivan Basso. And the Irishman says he gets better with every climb. The upcoming week will be the focal point with plenty of climbs of this great Giro. And, I'm betting Daniel Martin will do even better!
Martin's climbing consistency showed on