With defending Giro champion Ryder Hesjedal publicly declaring his intention to target a Giro-Tour double this season, the Canadian has received strong backing from his Garmin-Sharp DS Charly Wegelius.
In an exclusive interview with Cycling News HD, that features in the latest issue out now, Wegelius was confident both Hesjedal and Garmin could build on last year’s success.
“Last year was a real landmark for us, and it is something we hope to build on with Ryder this year. Defending the Giro is going to be the big focus for the team and Ryder, and he absolutely can do it. He’s done it once, so he can do it again.
“I think the person who was most convinced of his possibilities, even before last year, was Ryder himself. That is really a key to success at that level; you have to believe in yourself and he did. He definitely does now.
“I think he is in a very good place mentally at the moment and he’s got all the cards in the right place to defend the title.”
Asked about Hesjedal’s current form going into the 2013 campaign, Wegelius waxed lyrical.
“His form is spotless, perfect so far,” said Wegelius, who also gave an insight into the team’s hopes that he really could double up in France. “He had to refocus after crashing out of the Tour last year, but Ryder didn’t just switch off after the Giro, he was pinging for the Tour.
“Much to his credit he then turned up to the races in Canada in good shape and was competitive right to the end of the season. I think that put him in a very good place to go into the winter, and he’s doing very well.”
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