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About Ryder

Ryder was born in Victoria, BC in 1980, not far from the rugged coastal mountains of Vancouver Island, Canada.

A childhood in this natural setting kick started a decade-long mountain bike career (six years of which were Pro) that landed him with Silver medals at the Junior, U-23 and Elite World Championships, along with 4 other World MTB Championship medals including 2 Golds with Canada in the Team relay. In addition to those titles, Ryder won more than 50 races and represented Canada in his first Olympic games - all by the age of 23.

But, all of that mountain biking proved to be just a warm-up; Ryder discovered his true passion in pro road cycling in his mid-twenties. First came a 6th place finish in the 2010 Tour de France, followed by his historical 2012 Giro d’Italia win - a first for a Canadian.

Hesjedal made the full-time switch to road cycling after a few years of riding both road and mountain at the highest level. Currently a member of Garmin-Sharp, he has enjoyed 6+ years as part of Slipstream Sports, the elite organization that runs the team.

Ryder has also won stages at the Vuelta a Espana (2009), Tour de France -TTT (2011), Giro d'Italia-TTT(2008,2012) and Tour Of California (2010). He has been on the podium in World Tour one-day races such as Amstel Gold Race (2nd,2010) and G.P. Montreal (3rd,2010 and 2013).

GP Montreal



Giro d’Italia

GC – 1st
Stage 4 (TTT) – 1st

Tour de France

Team GC – 1st
Stage 2 (TTT) – 1st
Stage 16 – 3rd


Tour de France

GC – 6th
Stage 17 – 3rd
Stage 4 – 4th

Tour of California

GC – 5th


Volta a Catalunya

GC – 6th

Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal



Amstel Gold Race


Vuelta a España

Stage 12 – 1st


Giro d’Italia

Stage 1 (TTT) – 1st

Tour de Georgia

KOM – 1st


Canadian National Championships

TT – 1st

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Ryder Hesjedal takes a hard-fought mountain stage

VeloNews. A resurgent Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) launched a final push on the steeps of La Camperona to win stage 14 of the Vuelta a España on Saturday. The Canadian was part of a big break, some two dozen riders strong, that went early in the 201km race from Santander to the mountaintop finish in the […]


Hesjedal confident of return to GC form at Vuelta a Espana

Alasdair Fotheringham – Cycling News. Giro winner returns to Vuelta for first time in five years Five years ago in the Vuelta a España, on the hardest single day of the race – a stage to the remote summit finish of Velefique in eastern Andalusia – Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal battled through strong headwinds to take […]


Victoria pro-cyclist Ryder Hesjedal comes clean on past doping

Jack Knox – Times Colonist. Ryder Hesjedal says he stopped doping in 2004. He was going backward on mountain biking’s World Cup circuit, finishing worse than when he rode clean. The Olympics were coming — his first Games — and he wanted to compete there the right way. So, not long after starting, he gave […]


Ryder Hesjedal showing good form in Poland after his break

Pierre Carrey – CyclingNews Canadian excited by Garmin’s line-up for Vuelta a España The outline of Ryder Hesjedal emerged at the front of the peloton on Thursday at the Tour of Poland, as Garmin-Sharp’s leader wanted to make his presence felt on his comeback to competition. On the hilltop finish in Strbske Pleso (Slovakia) he […]


Kit like a Pro: Ryder Hesjedal

Christian Woodcock – Bikeroar.com Ryder Hesjedal has been a stage winner in all three grand tours (TTT), including taking out the general classification in the 2012 Giro D’Italia. He has a gritty and determined riding style – clearly demonstrated at this years Italian race on stage 16 – the gruelling ordeal of the snow covered […]


Hesjedal speaks about past doping offenses

Gregor Brown – VeloNews TRIESTE, Italy (VN) — Former Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal said Michael Rasmussen spoke truthfully about Hesjedal’s prior doping, and that cycling would be better off if everyone followed suit. Denmark’s Rasmussen was booted from the 2007 Tour de France, while in the race leader’s yellow jersey, for missing anti-doping controls, […]


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