Hesjedal Wins Giro and Out for TDF
On May 27th Ryder Hesjedal of Team Garmin-Sharp won the GC of the Giro d'Italia marking the first-ever Grand Tour win for the team as well as for Canada, Hesjedal's home country.
In what was an exciting three weeks the Maglia Rosa changed hands many times over the course of the race and at the beginning of the final stage, an individual time trial in Milan, Hesjedal was in second place by a mere 31 seconds. In an all-out effort in the final stage Hesjedal regained the lead and overall win by just 16 seconds.
In November of last year Retül fitters Todd Carver and Ivan O'Gorman had the privilege of working with Garmin-Sharp riders at the team's training camp in Boulder. Retül worked with the riders primarily to record biomechanical data and bike setup measurements.
"Ryder is one of the guys we've been working with since day one," said Todd Carver, Retül's lead fitter and creator of the Retül University bike fit school. "He has a really keen feel for his fit but he was a bit of an outlier with his saddle height, knee angles, and ankling patterns. Over the years we have documented and monitored a few minor adjustments that have really had an impact on his riding."
"The team uses the Retül 3D motion capture system to fit riders as well as document their positions," said Robbie Ketchell, Director of Sports Science for Garmin-Sharp. "The Zin tool also provides us with a way to record bike measurements for both road and time trial bikes. The use of the technology has been a great tool for us throughout the season."
A favorite for the Tour de France, Hesjedal was forced to withdraw from the race after suffering injuries from Friday's brutal stage 6 crash, but plans to compete in London this summer at the Olympics.
Retül fitter Ivan O'Gorman, Ketchell, and Hesjedal at Retül Studios