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Canadian Ryder Hesjedal to lead Garmin-Sharp at Giro d’Italia

Canada's Ryder Hesjedal of the Garmin Sharp pedals during the teams presentation of the of the 2013 Giro d'Italia

Fabio Ferrari/The Associated Press

Canadian Ryder Hesjedal and Ireland's Dan Martin will lead Team Garmin-Sharp at the 2014 Giro d'Italia.

Hesjedal won the 2012 Giro, the first Canadian to win one of cycling's Grand Tour events.

The 33-year-old from Victoria made headlines of a different sort last October when he responded to doping allegations by saying he had chosen the wrong path.

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He escaped sanction because the alleged 2003 transgression was outside the World Anti-Doping Code's eight-year statute of limitations.

Garmin-Sharp backed Hesjedal because he agreed to work with U.S. doping authorities.

The 97th edition of the Giro starts Friday in Belfast with a field of 198. The race ends June 1 in the northeastern port city of Trieste.

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