Jake’s Journal du jour: Most Courageous Ryder cruises through cobbles


Edges This will be quick. While the team's resurgent performance on the Tour's toughest stage today has everyone's spirits energized, I can't say the same for any of my batteries. Unlike the previous 24 hours, there's plenty of good news today. Ryder Hesjedal, on his third Tour with Team Garmin, was honored with the Most Courageous award in Stage 3 for leading an early breakaway and then attacking on his own when the peloton closed the gap. After rolling through the controversial cobblestones that baffled some of the best in cycling, Ryder held out on his own until being caught in the final kilometers. Even then he had enough power and stamina to stick with the leaders and sprint for the win. In the end, he finished fourth on the stage and jumped up the general classification to fourth overall. And while it doesn't erase the disappointment of seeing Christian head back home to rest and recover from numerous injuries, it does display the determination and drive that defines Team Garmin.

For more news, pictures and insight, follow @JakesJournal on Twitter and check out the Team Garmin minisite for rider diaries, race recaps and Garmin Connect data – including Ryder's Stage 2 stats that served as a warmup for today's breakout.

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