Ryder Hesjedal believes Giro d'Italia is still wide open

Ryder Hesjedal, Giro d'Italia 2013, stage seven

Defending champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp), despite significant losses in the last two days, believes the Giro d'Italia remains wide open. Based on the last nine days, he expects fireworks now that the race has entered the high mountains.

He spoke with Cycling Weekly during the race's first rest day yesterday, his usual slow, friendly voice trickling through the phone line.

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