Ryder Hesjedal achieves cycling glory at Giro d'Italia
Victoria cyclist Ryder Hesjedal has won the 95th Giro d'Italia.
The former mountain biker is the first Canadian to capture one of the three Grand Tour events, coming from behind to win the final stage in Milan.
The 21st and final leg was an individual time trial, which is Hesjedal's strength.
His previous best performance in a Grand Tour event was a sixth-place finish in the Tour de France in 2010.
Hesjedal belongs to the Garmin Barracuda team.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement congratulating Hesjedal, saying: “This remarkable win in one of bicycle racing's most grueling competitions is a testimony to Mr. Hesjedal’s training, endurance, skill, and competitive spirit."