Ryder Hesjedal rediscovers his form in Giro d'Italia's final week

Canadian 2012 Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal is one of the consistently strong riders in the 2015 race's mountainous final week

Ryder Hesjedal attacks on stage 19 of the 2015 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

Canadian Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) won the 2012 Giro d'Italia, but looked far from that same cyclist in the first week of this year's race. He sat in 29th overall, but now in the third week, he is riding at the top.

The easy-going Canadian that journalists simply call 'Easy Ryder' attacked on the Aprica stage, on the stage to Verbania and today left race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) behind on the summit finish to the Cervinia ski resort.

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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.