He got in an early break and with 25 km to go took a flyer and broke away ... alone! Hesjedal looked very good for the win. But, soon Fabian Cancellara and Alessandro Ballan caught up to the soloing Canadian. The Swiss Cancellara was too strong as he overpowered Ballan for the victory. As for the heroic Hesjedal, he helped guide teammate, Martijn Maaskant(Holland) for the sprint finish. And a great one it was; for Maaskant(4th) and Hesjedal(10th).
"Though I was completely envisioning winning solo and I was going for it, was almost there. Today is about as good as it gets," exclaimed the elated Hesjedal.
With a 'Ryder' like this, he looks destined for more greatness. I'm looking forward to seeing him ride well in this month's Tirreno-Adriatico!
(photo): Ryder Hesjedal going solo and daring to win.