By Pedro Arrais
Original article appeared in the Victoria Times Colonist, July 6, 2013
Going once, going twice, sold. The Ryders Cycling Society of Canada has sold by auction a jersey worn by Ryder Hesjedal in the 2012 Tour de France.
The blue jersey, signed by Hesjedal, fetched $1,775 after a week of bidding on eBay. Proceeds from the sale will go to support up-and-coming cyclists in Canada and to promote the sport of cycling throughout North America.
“It’s a great way to celebrate the Tour de France and raise funds to support cycling in Canada,” said Cody Graham, director of the society and longtime friend of Hesjedal.
“Ryder is an inspiration to so many young cyclists and proceeds from this auction will help them in their athletic pursuits. For the fan who wins the auction, it’s a pretty neat piece of sports memorabilia as well.”
The jersey was worn by Hesjedal during stage five of last year’s Tour de France. Bidding for the jersey closed Saturday. The last Hesjedal jersey offered at auction — the one he wore after his Giro d’Italia win — went for $10,300.
Hesjedal is competing in this year’s Tour de France, which runs until July 21.