The former schoolboy of lance armstrong and mountain bike vice world champion made everything clear in the final time trial over 28.2 kilometers in milan and took the pink jersey from joaquim rodriguez in the finale.
In the final standings, the 31-year-old hesjedal beat the spanish rider to second place by 16 seconds after more than three weeks of hard work on the bike. No italian on the podium: belgian thomas de gendt, who had won the conig stage in the dolomites the day before, finished third, 1:39 minutes behind the winner.
"I believed in myself more and more every day. I received a lot of support also from my compatriots in canada," said long hesjedal of the u.S. Team garmin-barracuda in the shadow of milan’s magnificent cathedral. The italian marco pinotti won the time trial on sunday in 33:06 minutes, which was shortened because of the car-free sunday. Hesjedal (+ 1:09), who walked across a pink carpet for the award ceremony, finished sixth.
The canadian, like tour de france winner cadel evans a former mountain biker, owes his triumph to more than just his time trial skills. In the dolomites it became a plague for those who started as favorites – they could not shake it off. On the contrary, on the stage to pampeago hesjedal made up seconds on rodriguez, the two-time giro winner ivan basso and michele scarponi.
Hesjedal, who has not been a high-flyer but did finish seventh in the 2010 tour, is expected to continue his high flying at this year’s tour of france from the 30th minute on. June continue. "But first i’m going to recover a little bit," he said on sunday after storming into the giro annals.
From a german point of view, the netapp team, which only entered the race with a wildcard, scored points. The german second-division team with a californian sponsor was able to score two second-place finishes at its premiere with bartosz huzarski from poland and jan barta from the czech republic and received a lot of praise. Only three german professional cyclists had tackled the race. The organizers hope that the 95. Giro stays clean – it was doping-free until sunday.