France — Canadian Ryder Hesjedal of the Garmin-Transitions team continued his breakthrough Tour de France performance with another impressive showing on the penultimate stage. Hesjedal’s strong ride in the Stage 19 time trial—a tough 52km slog through the wind from Bordeaux to Pauillac—lifted him up to seventh place overall one day before the finish in Paris.
Hesjedal entered the Tour as a domestique for team leader Christian Vande Velde but a Tour-ending crash for the American forced a change of plans. Hesjedal stepped up and rode aggressively through the Alps and the Pyrénées, climbing up through the standings and breaking into the top-10. His impressive TT performance Saturday on the all-new Felt DA was the final confirmation that the Canadian, who turns 30 later this summer, has emerged as one of the world’s top all-around professionals.
Hesjedal’s teammate David Zabriskie also put in a fine performance on Saturday, riding to a fifth-place finish in the TT. The Garmin-Transitions team, now a few riders short after all the crashes and injuries incurred over three weeks, will roll into Paris Sunday with heads held high.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Stage 19, July 24
52km Time Trial
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Saxo Bank, 1:00:56
2. Tony Martin (Ger), HTC-Columbia, at 0:17
3. Bert Grabsch (Ger), HTC-Columbia, at 1:48
4. Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu), Cervelo Test Team, at 2:34
5. David Zabriskie (USA), Garmin-Transitions, at 3:00
1. Alberto Contador (Spa), Astana, 89:16:27
2. Andy Schleck (Lux), Saxo Bank, at 0:39
3. Denis Menchov (Rus), Rabobank, at 2:01
4. Samuel Sanchez (Spa), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 3:40
5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel), Omega Pharma Lotto, at 6:54
7. Ryder Hesjedal (Can), Garmin-Transitions, at 10:15