Hesjedal set to take on Giro and Tour in 2013

Ryder Hesjedal, Giro d'Italia 2013 route presentation

Reigning Giro d'Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal took centre stage at the race's 2013 presentation yesterday in Milan. Though it was his first time in the spotlight for such a show, he appeared as cool and relaxed as ever.

"You don't understand anything?" La Gazzetta dello Sport director, Andrea Monti asked in Italian when Hesjedal walked on stage. The Canadian does not understand the local language, but he knows the race.

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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.