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Hesjedal Rises to Challenge in Giro
26 May, 2012

Ryder Hesjedal threw down the gauntlet atop the feared mountain top finish of Alpe di Pampeago and raced clear of Pink jersey Joaquim Rodriguez pulling 13 seconds out of an already scant 30 second lead held by the Spaniard.  In a stage won by pre race contender Roman Kreuziger who was out for some revenge to salvage something from his failed campaign for the overall title all eyes were on the close battle at the top of the leader board.

Hesjedal who seems to have found a new self belief in himself can do no wrong, and in succeeding in riding clear in the final km of the stage will only add more confidence to the man who is out to make Canadian cycling history.  With one mountain stage to go Rodriguez must make the most of his beloved terrain and leave the stage with no regrets as after the final road stage he is starring down the barrel of an individual time trial where Hesjedal will have the upper hand.


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Roman Kreuziger ASTANA

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