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Hesjedal satisfied with Giro d'Italia time trial result

By:
Alasdair Fotheringham
Published:
May 11, 2013, 23:53,
Updated:
May 12, 2013, 00:03
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, May 12, 2013
Race:
Giro d'Italia
Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) lost time to Wiggins and Nibali

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) lost time to Wiggins and Nibali

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Defending champion now 2:05 behind race leader Nibali

Ryder Hesjedal and Garmin-Sharp believe they will be able to build on his sixth place general classification position in the mountainous stages to come at the Giro d'Italia. The 32-year-old Canadian now lies 2:05 back on new maglia rosa holder Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), but there are a lot of stages that will play in the defending Giro champion's favour yet to come.

"We're going to see a very different kind of race from here on," Charly Wegelius, Garmin-Sharp's sports director, told Cyclingnews.

Although 18th in the time trial might not appear to be a standout result as compared to this year's Liège-Bastogne-Liège to the Giro last year against Joaquim Rodriguez and even back as far as his breakthrough summit victory at Velefique in the 2009 Vuelta a España, Hesjedal's strongest rides have almost always come on hilly and mountainous terrain.

"It was a hard test, but I think I did all right. There are a lot of strong guys here, I think it's very tight at the top of the classification and I'm satisfied," Hesjedal - who had no mechanicals or other problems - said on Italian television.

"He was very positive about it all, solid all the way through and technically he was excellent," Wegelius added to Cyclingnews. "There were no dips in his performance. Perhaps looking back he could have started a little bit quicker but that can be a huge mistake in a time trial as demanding as that. If I see how spent he was at the end I think he timed his effort right, it was a solid performance."

Wegelius recognised that the time trial course as complicated and above all as long as the 54.8 kilometre course - with that sort of distance, it is possible to include almost every kind of terrain - was bound to produce some unexpected moments.

"I won't lie to you, when I first heard [Vincenzo] Nibali's time check at 26 kilometres I was a little bit concerned, but then I reasoned with it a little bit and I didn't think that was a sustainable effort and in fact, as it turned out, he suffered at the end. Over a ride as long as that, you're taking risks, but [Vincenzo] Nibali made a huge gain today and congratulations to him, too."

Looking at the race overall and the prospects for his fellow-Briton Bradley Wiggins, Wegelius says that "he's not in the situation he'd have expected after the time trial. But this is the Giro and things can change from one day to the next, really fast. Either way, I think it's going to be a different race from now on."

Trafficrider More than 1 year ago
I'd give Ryder a B grade for this ride, not a B+. A good but not great ride, although being in the top 9% of the field is the least we could have expected given his current form. Disclosure: as a Canadian I am rooting for him. But going from 9th at the first check to 18th at the end indicates that he could have calculated his ride today a bit better. That said, this was not a straightforward ITT course, really like three different movements in a piece of music: choppy, frenetic winding lumpy stuff in the first half, a drag race in the middle, and the gasping-for-air dance at the end. Ryder browned out a bit after 50km of it. But he's not out of the frame yet.
maxmartin More than 1 year ago
That is pretty much his level. He is never good at ultra long ITT >50km. In 2012 Olympics he was 28, one minute behind Menchov. In 2012 Tour, Nibali was ahead of Menchov in both long ITT. So I would Ryder did just fine, it fits history pattern.
bjohal More than 1 year ago
Hope he has the legs for the mountains. Love to see him attack.
DrBigRing More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to seeing Ryder go on the offense in the mountains. Should make for an interesting race, especially since Wiggins can't stick to his normal strategy of gaining time on his rivals in the ITT and then sitting on their wheels in the mountains. He'll have to break that mold if he wants to win. Nibali probably doesn't know what to do with himself, as he's been planning all along to attack in the mountains. Now he can sit on everyone's wheel. The question is whether he can keep his cool and do so. Evan's is a wild card. Will he save some energy for the TDF or go for the Giro?
Andrea Cerri More than 1 year ago
I think that Nibali will attack the same on the mountains, he's just is nature :-) And Evans also seems in good shape
big grimpeur More than 1 year ago
Ok, but why did Danelson have such a lousy TT?
maxmartin More than 1 year ago
Their strategy, unlike ASTANA, all Garmin helpers decided to take it easy on ITT to conserve the maximum energy to help Ryder later
big grimpeur More than 1 year ago
All of Garmin? Typically they have someone go hard for time checks, warnings about dodgy turns. Assumed it would be TD.
maxmartin More than 1 year ago
That is usually for short or final ITT, no point to save energy. 50Km is no joke can take a lot of you. That is why I am surprised Nibali's helper Tanel Kangert is so up there, maybe he is aiming stage win.
miwi77777 More than 1 year ago
david millar in 195th at 0:14:10 about 5 minutes behind cavendish pretty much says it all.
ranprunty More than 1 year ago
very interesting thread. i thought tommy d would go better. was he conserving like a faithful aide? or just a poor performance? can't wait to see if he helps ryder in the next couple weeks.
cyclingsmitty More than 1 year ago
2:05 is alot of time against wiggo and the sky goons. I think its going to take a crash or something crazy for hesjy to come out on top.
CanadaSJRA More than 1 year ago
he isn't down 2:05 on sky or wiggins.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
No, not overall, but to lose over two minutes to Wiggins while none of the other favorites lost near that much is cause for concern. For me anyway since I'm Canadian. We'll see this week how things shake out.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
I meant to say over two minutes in the ITT which is what I am sure cyclingsmitty meant, need an edit button for our own comments...