I was happy to hear that Canadian hopefuls, Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin) and Michael Barry(Team Columbia) could be riding at this July's Tour. It's hard to believe but there is only 3 Canadians to ever ride the great race. Alex Stieda(first North American to wear the yellow jersey 1986), Steve Bauer(14 days in yellow, 4th place at the 1988 Tour ) and Gord Fraser(last to ride back in 1997).
Both guys certainly deserve a spot and would play important domestique roles for their respective teams. Time will tell as both teams are just about to announce their Tour rosters.
Ryder Hesjedal rode a great 2008 Giro.
Michael Barry(far right) leads the peloton at this year's Amstel.
With both riding well, I'm counting on it!