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Victoria cyclist Hesjedal wins Stage 12 Vuelta a Espana

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Ryder Hesjedal survived the breakaway and mountain top finish to win Stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana on Friday.

The 28-year-old cyclist comes from Victoria, BC, and is a member of the Garmin-Slipstream team.

In winning the 108-mile bike race to Alto de Velefique, Hesjedal becomes the first Canadian to ever win a stage at the Vuelta a Espana and the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour stage since Stephen Bauer in 1988.

He finished second in Stage 10. He was a member of the break away that day too, but was unable to beat Cervelo's Simon Gerrans in a game of cat and mouse at the finish, according to CyclingNews.

Alejandro Valverde is still in first place, sitting 7 seconds ahead of Cadel Evans. US cyclist Tom Danielson of Garmin is in 4th place, 51 seconds behind.

Garmin Slipstream took two wins today, Hesjedal's and David Zabriskie's ITT win at the Tour of Missouri.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2009/09/12/victoria-cyclist-hesjedal-wins-stage-12-vuelta-a-espana/

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