Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hesjedal Says Olympic Decision Is, in Part, to Give Younger Riders a Chance

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hesjedal Says Olympic Decision Is, in Part, to Give Younger Riders a Chance

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Hesjedal steps aside for younger riders

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TORONTO - Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal says his decision to forgo the Summer Olympics is, in part, due to his desire to see younger riders get their chance.

The 35-year-old from Victoria, who is the only Canadian to win a Grand Tour cycling race, announced his decision via Twitter last Friday. He offered a little more Tuesday in a statement issued by his Trek-Segafredo racing team

"Obviously I didn't decide about this overnight," said Hesjedal, who is currently racing in the Criterium du Dauphine in France. "The Olympic values mean a lot to me and I would have loved to represent my country, but in the end I have to look at the bigger picture.

"First of all, the season is still long and I don't want to jeopardize my potential race calendar with Trek-Segafredo. …

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