Hesjedal on the Giro d'Italia: I back myself

Ryder Hesjedal is not considered one of the big favourites for this year’s Giro d’Italia. He has not been listed alongside Alberto Contador, Fabio Aru, Rigoberto Uran, Richie Porte and Domenico Pozzovivo as contenders for a place on the final podium in Milan. Yet the big five should ignore the big Canadian at their peril. Hesjedal won the 2012 Giro d’Italia by flying under the radar and this year’s race is again his Grand Tour goal of the season.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.