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Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal's victory Sunday, the first by a Canadian in any of cycling's three marquee Grand Tours, came after 21 stages capped with a pair of gruelling days in the mountains

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Ryder Hesjedal of Canada takes a curve during the 21st and last stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race in Milan, May 27, 2012.

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Ryder Hesjedal of Canada reacts as he crosses the finish line in the Giro d'Italia cycling race in Milan, May 27, 2012.

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Ryder Hesjedal of Canada celebrates after winning the Giro d'Italia cycling race in Milan, May 27, 2012.

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Ryder Hesjedal of Canada celebrates with his wife, Ashley Hofer, after winning the Giro d'Italia cycling race in Milan, May 27, 2012.

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Ryder Hesjedal of Canada kisses the trophy on the podium after winning the Giro d'Italia cycling race in Milan, May 27, 2012.

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Canada's Ryder Hesjedal holds the trophy after winning the 95th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 27, 2012.

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Canada's Ryder Hesjedal celebrates on the podium after winning the 95th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 27, 2012.

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