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Ryder Hesjedal announces retirement.

© Copyright - 2016 - Victoria Sports News

Victoria's Ryder Hesjedal, one of, if not the greatest road cyclist that Canada has ever produced, announced yesterday that his 17-year career will come to an end when the 2016 cycling season is over.

Hesjedal is the only Canadian to win a Grand Tour event, which he accomplished in 2012 during the Giro d’Italia; a memorable moment in Canadian sport history.

The Belmont Secondary graduate, who grew up riding mostly off-road around Greater Victoria, was known as an aggressive climber with excellent technical prowess and world-class descending skills. He earned silver at the 2003 UCI World Mountain Biking Championships.

He is a three time Olympian and was scheduled to compete in Rio, however, bowed out recently, after setting a very busy cycling season.

For the remainder of 2016, he will race the World Tour in Montreal as well as Tour of Alberta and the Quebec City Tour.

Interview from earlier this year:

 

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