Trek Factory Racing announced today that Ryder Hesjedal will be racing for them in the 2016 season. This, after eight seasons with Cannondale-Garmin. The 2012 Giro d’Italia champion hasn’t quite reached his form in the last two to three seasons, so the change may be welcome to him.
In a Trek news release, Hesjedal said: “I am very excited about this. Trek’s management and I are on the same page in terms of what we can achieve together. I know that I still have podium level legs for the Grand Tours.” At 34 years of age the Victoria born cyclist may have only a two or three seasons left, so he will embrace this new opportunity. He will ride as a General Classification leader, notably for the Giro – he finished fifth in the race this year.
“The Ardennes Classics will be important as well,” says Hesjedal, who has a series of top ten placings in the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège – most notably his second place in the AGR in 2010. “You basically work backwards with the Giro being the number one goal. The rhythm to get to your best shape in the Giro leads you to those races. I know the routine to get there.”
Hesjedal is going back to his cycling roots, having started his road career on a Trek. General Manager Luca Guercilena welcomes his new team member: “This is an excellent signing for our team and I have no doubt our fans in North America will be very happy as well. Ryder is a very strong racer and he has a very constant performance.”
Hesjedal, who was just in Victoria riding in the Tour which bears his name, is honest about his future as an elite cyclist: “The truth is I don’t really know how long I’ll still be racing. As far as performance goes, and how I feel, I feel there’s still a lot in there. This year’s Giro was a confirmation of that. But yes, I don’t see myself racing for another five years. One, two or three, we’ll see.”