Ryder Hesjedal wins the 2012 Giro d’Italia
Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha) did indeed go to war with himself in the time trial turning in a credible performance but it wasn’t enough to not lose the Maglia Rosa by a mere 16 second to Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin – Barracuda) who rode a superb TT. Sixteen seconds after 91 hours 39 minutes and 2 seconds of racing. Rodriguez’s 2nd place is the narrowest margin in the history of the Giro since Fiorenzo Magni’s victory of 64 years ago.
Marco Pinotti (BMC) was the stage winner in 33’06″ at an average speed of 51.117 km/h
Ryder Hesjedal becomes the first Canadian to win the Giro d’Italia. Joaquin Rodriguez finishes 2nd and a very strong TT performance byThomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil) moved him into 3rd ahead of Michele Scarponi. For the fifth time in Giro history, and for the first time in the last 17 years, since 1995, there are no Italians on the podium.