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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

Upcoming Races

Vuelta a Espana


Aug 28 - Sep 14 2014

An annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in Spain, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. This is the 2014 Vuelta a Espana.



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, […]


Hesjedal impresses at the Giro d’Italia but may not ride the Tour de France

Stephen Farrand – Cycling News Garmin-Sharp rider proud of his fight back after team time trial crash. Ryder Hesjedal is set to finish the Giro d’Italia in ninth place overall after a remarkable fight back during the three weeks of racing. However Cyclingnews understands that his huge effort and Garmin-Sharp’s multiple leadership options could mean […]


After a rough start to the 2014 Giro, Ryder Hesjedal perseveres

By Matthew Beaudin – Velonews MONTECAMPIONE, Italy (VN) — Ryder Hesjedal wiped the sweat from his face, swapped his wet jersey for a dry one, and threw on a jacket and fresh cap. After an oppressive 19-kilometer climb up to Montecampione on which he suffered deeply, the 2012 Giro champ still had a long descent […]


Hesjedal begins Giro d’Italia fight back

CyclingNews Garmin-Sharp leader goes on the attack and climbs GC. Ryder Hesjedal’s aggressive rider on the first mountain stage of the Giro d’Italia gained him just 30 seconds on race leader Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) but lifted him to twelfth overall and made it clear to everyone that he intends to fight his way back […]


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