"Ryder Hesjedal wins the Lional Conacher award as Canadian male althete of the year."
TORONTO — Don’t tell Ryder Hesjedal he won the Giro d’Italia on the last day.
His victorious ride lasted 91 hours 39 minutes two seconds over 21 stages, covering 3,503.8 kilometres from Herning, Denmark, to Milan.
It took 23 days in May — there were two rest days — and the help of every one of his Garmin-Sharp teammates and support staff for Hesjedal to become the first Canadian racer to win a Grand Tour event and only the second non-European to win the Giro.
His journey from peloton to podium took him more than a dozen years as a pro, from mountain biker to road racer.....