Tour of California final stage won by Hesjedal
Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin-Transitions added a stage win on the final day of the Amgen Tour of California. Hesjedal claimed that this victory was the nicest for him since it cemented that he was on the right track when it comes to his cycling career. “Since I started with this team at the beginning of 2008, I have gotten to a lot of places I wanted to be in my cycling career. To keep that going, I think I’m doing that well. Today is just a nice confirmation of that.”
Hesjedal had been slowly building up to his momentuous win in California. In 2008, he won the 2009 Vuelta a España. He placed sixth overall in the Volta a Catalunya and won the second place at the Amstel Gold Race.
At the beginning of the Tour, Hesjedal was interview as how he thought he would fare in the race. “It’s not so much the good results [that are satisfying], but the consistency and picking up where I left off last season in the Vuelta.”
The 29-year-old cyclist shared his opinion on road racing, the Classics and overall cycling as a sport. “In cycling you have to work hard and long, you don’t get to the top right away. That’s what makes it special. I’ve devoted my whole professional life to this sport, and to see that labour coming through and to define it with results is especially rewarding.”
Hesjedal further added, “I’ve been through lots of those – when I decided to leave mountain biking, I jumped right into road. It was pretty daunting starting with Discovery Channel [in 2005] at top events without enough time to get the experience. My physical capabilities were always there, but cycling is a sport where experience is important. Not just the physical benefits but also mentally you learn how to conserve energy and get through 220km.”