05/07/2015 09:45 EDT | Updated 05/07/2016 05:59 EDT

Canadian Hesjedal back at Giro d'Italia, looks to reclaim title he won in 2012

TORONTO - Canadian Ryder Hesjedal will lead the Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling team at the Giro d'Italia which starts this weekend.

The 34-year-old from Victoria won the race in 2012, the first Canadian to claim a Grand Tour cycling event.

Hesjedal leads a nine-man team in the 3,486-kilometre race that starts Saturday

The veteran Canadian was ninth last year.