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Ryder Just Misses Podium in Québec

Friday, September 10, 2010
Canada Ryder Hesjedal accomplished his goal of animating Friday’s Grand Prix de Cycliste de Québec, a one-day ProTour race in Québec City, Canada. The Garmin-Transitions rider just missed the podium, finishing fourth and taking the honor of being the top North American.

Hesjedal emerged as a top GC rider at this year’s Tour de France, where he finished seventh overall. He was motivated to put on a good show at two ProTour races in Canada, Friday's Grand Prix de Cycliste de Québec and the upcoming Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal on Sunday.

Hesjedal initiated a move in the final lap of the hilly circuit in Québec City, dashing ahead on his Felt F1. He was joined by a small group, and Frenchman Thomas Voeckler took the win.

“I was looking to stand on the podium, maybe the top step and I came close,” Hesjedal told Cyclingnews.com. “I came here to make the race and make it hard, to give myself an opportunity so I’m happy with the result.”

Hesjedal will get another shot at the podium on Sunday as the peloton heads to Montreal for the 189km Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal.