Hesjedal building for Ardennes win

Ryder Hesjedal, Paris-Nice 2011, stage three

Canadian Ryder Hesjedal building towards a win at the Ardennes Classics at the end of April. He is racing the Paris-Nice stage race in preparation for his goal.

"It's an important week," explained Hesjedal of the Ardennes Classics.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.