Ryder Hesjedal, Clara Hughes to Join Olympics

Giro d’Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal and Clara Hughes will be part of the four road cyclists joining the Canadian Olympic team on Thursday.

Hesjedal, who finished sixth in last year’s Tour de France, will still be completing this year’s Tour, which ends July 22 in Paris.

Also on the Olympic team will be Montreal’s Joelle Numainville and Yellowknife’s Denise Ramsden.

This from CBS Sports: “Hesjedal is Canada’s lone entry in both the men’s road race and the time trial. On the women’s side, Hughes and Ramsden will race in both events, while Numainville competes in only the road race.”

Hesjedal was the first Canadian to capture one of cycling’s three so-called grand tours, the Giro D”italia last month, which also includes the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana.

The men’s Olympic road race takes place on July 28, followed by the time trial on Aug. 1.

To see the whole article, go to the CBS Sports website. CBS will be covering the Tour de France 2012 this year, taking it over from Versus.

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