Victoria's Ryder Hesjedal made history as the first Canadian to capture the lead of the Giro d'Italia.

Victoria's Ryder Hesjedal made history as the first Canadian to capture the lead of the Giro d'Italia.

Victoria cyclist leads Giro d’Italia

Ryder Hesjedal had a memorable weekend in Italy, retaining the overall lead three days in a row at the Giro d’Italia.

Ryder Hesjedal had a memorable weekend in Italy, retaining the overall lead three days in a row (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) at the Giro d’Italia.

Hesjedal, originally from Victoria, held onto the pink jersey during the seventh, eighth and ninth stages of the race.

The 21-stage Giro d’Italia runs until May 27. It is one of the three Grand Tours of road bike racing, along with the Tour de France and Tour of Spain.

Hesjedal rides with the Garmin-Barracuda team.

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