Ryder Hesjedal continued to show himself as one of the top cyclists in the world as the Tour de France ended stage 18 at 2,645 metres altitude on Thursday.
It’s the highest peak in the history of the tour, a celebration of the Col du Galibier’s inclusion 100 years ago.
Hesjedal completed the 200-kilometre mountain effort in six hours, 11 minutes and 27 seconds, to cross the line 10th overall on Thursday, just three minutes and 31 seconds back of the day’s winner, Andy Schleck.
Hejsedal finished 10th with Garmin-Cervelo teammates all within 12 seconds of each other, Tom Danielson ninth and Christian Vande Velde 12th.
Garmin-Cervelo was the stage’s top team and is now first overall by 10 minutes.
Danielson remains ninth overall while Hesjedal continues his move up the standings and is now 22, 23 minutes and 19 seconds back of overall leader Thomas Voeckler in the yellow jersey.
Schleck’s hard-earned win gained him two minutes and 21 seconds on Voeckler and the former is now second overall, only one minute, 22 seconds back.