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Hesjedal defiant over stage 3 attacks

2012 champion makes clear statement that he is here to defend Giro d'Italia title

Updated: May 7, 2013, 12:28 PM ET
By Neal Rogers | VeloNews.com

MARINA DI ASCEA, Italy -- Defending Giro d'Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) brought the race to the racers Monday in stage 3, attacking multiple times in the final 30 kilometers, and causing disruption among the race's GC favorites.

The stage 3 profile offered up two distinctive climbs -- the Cat. 2 San Mauro Cilento and the Cat. 3 Sella di Catona -- and the narrow, winding descent from the second bottomed out 900 meters from the finish line.

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