Unseen Force

Pedaling to improve.
Photo: B. Gibson

Ryder Hesjedal almost seems invisible in the two weeks of le Tour.

He started the race ready to improve upon after last year's amazing seventh-place overall placing. Then disaster happened with two opening-week crashes ruined his chance for a top ten finish. He turns his pedals to the fundamental but important role of domestique. He's part of a highly successful Garmin-Cervelo team, helping to provide the much needed horsepower in supporting Tyler Farrar and Thor Hushovd.

He's in 32nd place, 25:18 behind Thomas Voeckler and rode fairly well in the Pyrenees. With four grueling mountain top finishes ahead the grimpeur can come out from his domestique duties, get back on his high horse, and I believe, go for a stage victory.