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Ryder Hesjedal is having a solid 2016 Giro d’Italia, which bodes well for his very busy year of racing, which will include the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

After the 216-kilometre Campi Bizenzio-to-Sestola stage, he had fought hard to move up to 25th place at the top of the summit; it appeared that he was shot out the back early on. It was a gamely move that demonstrated excellent fitness.

“I managed to more or less stay with the favourites. I had great support from the guys – teammates – before the second-to-last climb and then I hung in there enough to get back to the front group on the descent.”

The stage was won by Italian Giulio Ciccone of the Bardiani CSF team in the time of 5:44:32 while Hesjedal was back by 2:26.

“I just stuck with my rhythm and was able to manage to get back. The last climb was a bit easier. In the big picture, it was a good day,” he added.

Hesjedal is still 3:39 behind overall leader Bob Jungels from Luxembourg and the Etixx-Quick Step pro team.

Wednesday offers up stage 11, which is a 212-kilometre medium-mountain ride from Modena to Asolo.

The Giro is a 21-stage race that spans a total 3,383-kilometres and wraps up on May 29th.

The Colwood native currently rides for UCI ProTeam Trek–Segafredo. The 35-year-old won the 2012 Giro and has places as high as fifth in the famed Tour de France.