As many of you already know, Ryder Hesjedal made history this last weekend, by winning the 2012 Giro d’Italia. Ryder became the first Canadian to win the Giro, but even bigger than that, he became the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour!

Personally, I was surprised by this in a couple ways. Firstly, and don’t take this the wrong way, but I was surprised Ryder won it. Of course, I wanted him to win it and hoped he would, but looking back to the start of the Giro I can’t say I considered him much more than a dark horse. Secondly, for some reason I was somehow surprised that he was the first Canuck to ever win a Grand Tour… Now, clearly this shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone, especially when you think about it – Grand Tours don’t exactly happen every day. There are but a handful each year, and to have a Canadian who is fast enough to be in the running and then to have everything come together to actually get the win… Well, let’s just agree that this is going to be a rare and very special thing, making what Ryder achieved just that much more incredible.

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