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Back in March, Victoria’s Ryder Hesjedal, was staring down the barrel of a very busy race year starting with the Giro d’Italia a tour that he won in 2012 and capping it off with the Rio Olympic Games. In between he was going to race Quebec City-Montreal Grand Prix events, the Tour of Alberta and his hometown race, Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour of Victoria, but things have since changed.

He pulled out of the Giro due to illness and has now decided to skip his third Olympic Games, in part to give his new sponsor Trek- Segafredo good exposure from fewer, but better performances as well as let younger riders have an opportunity at the Olympics – he is now 35 years-of-age.

“Obviously I didn’t decide about this overnight,” said Hesjedal, “The Olympic values mean a lot to me and I would have loved to represent my country, but in the end I have to look at the bigger picture.

“First of all, the season is still long and I don’t want to jeopardize my potential race calendar with Trek-. Health and safety come first in that respect. Secondly, I find it truly important that the younger generation of talented Canadian riders get their chance to build up Olympic experience from which they will benefit in the future.”

Cycling Canada will announce the Rio Olympic squads on June 29th meanwhile Canada earned three spots for women’s road cycling events according to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), story, here:

Canada Awarded Three Spots for Women’s Olympic Road Cycling Events

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