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Ryder Hesjedal wins Giro d'Italia

Updated: May 27, 2012, 3:19 PM ET
Associated Press

MILAN -- Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win one of cycling's three major tour races, capturing the Giro d'Italia on Sunday by overtaking Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez in the final stage.

Hesjedal started the 21st stage 31 seconds behind the leader, but finished 16 seconds ahead of Rodriguez in the overall standings. He completed the 17.5-mile individual time trial in 34 minutes, 15 seconds. That was good for sixth place -- 20 spots ahead of Rodriguez in the 95th edition of the race.

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