Ryder Hesjedal lighter and stronger for Giro d'Italia defence

Ryder Hesjedal, Tour de Romandie 2013, stage one

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) will start his Giro d'Italia defence on Saturday lighter and stronger than before. On the eve of the race, he explained to a small group of journalists that he weighs three kilogrammes less than when he became the race's first Canadian winner last year.

Hesjedal starts the Giro d'Italia tomorrow in Naples weighing 69 kilograms compared to 72 in 2012. Last year, he dealt with Spain's Joaquím Rodríguez (Katusha) over three weeks, wearing the pink jersey on and off. He re-took the jersey in Milan on the final day of the race.

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