July 24, 2010

Team Garmin-Transitions GC sensation Ryder Hesjedal capped off an amazing Tour de France with an amazing individual time trial, vaulting him higher on the overall to seventh. Meanwhile teammate and American time trial champion David Zabriskie put in a top-five performance.

Ryder Hesjedal - Tour de France, stage 19

“Anything in the top ten here is a dream come true, especially after what happened in this race for us,” Hesjedal told Cyclingnews’ Stephen Farrand.

“That was a really hard time trial. I didn’t feel good at all. I suffered through the whole thing and that’s a long time to be out there when you’re not feeling good. It doesn’t get much harder than that at the end of a Grand Tour.”

“With the wind, it’s difficult to judge you’ve speed and you feel like you’re going nowhere. You’ve just got to concentrate and suffer.”

Hesjedal’s amazing run up the overall began after the crash-marred stage 2 that saw Christian Vande Velde abandon.

“On the morning of stage 3, Matt White said, ‘It’s open, give it the best you can.’ I didn’t wait around,” he told Velonews’ Neal Rogers.

“I went for it, and I wanted to keep that going the whole race. I didn’t want to be high in the standings and fade away through the Tour de France. I wanted to stay up there.”

“I’ve always believed I was capable, and here I am now.”

David Zabriskie - Tour de France, stage 19

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