A Victoria resident has become the first Canadian to win the Giro D'Italia race.
Ryder Hesjedal, 31, swept past Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain to win the event on Sunday, after placing sixth in the race's initial time trial.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the win "remarkable."
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong sent a congratulatory note to Hesjedal via Twitter.
The Giro D'Italia is considered to be one of the world's most gruelling bicycle racing competitions.