Italian Giro d'Italia contenders impressed by Hesjedal

Race leader Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) won stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia, the first mountainous foray in the Dolomites, but the main beneficiary of the stage's outcome is Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda). The three Italian general classification contenders echoed "Purito" who concluded clearly: "Hesjedal is the hot favorite now. With the current time gaps, it's impossible for me, for [Ivan] Basso or [Michele] Scarponi to beat him after the time trial."

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