Hesjedal, who is now 32 years old, won the Giro d'Italia in 2012 and was named the Lionel Conacher Award winner for Canada's top male athlete of the year. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Hesjedal finished in 28th place in the men's induividual time trial. He also finished in 15th place in the individual time trial at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Hesjedal publicly apologized for taking a banned substance while mountain biking in 2003. Earlier on Wednesday, excerpts of former cyclist Michael Rasmussen of Denmark's new autobiography was published where it was announced that Rasmussen taught Hesjedal how to take Erythropoietin, but that he only taught the Canadian about the drug and there was no direct allegation that Hesjedal had taken the illegal substance.
How this will impact Hesjedal's future is still uncertain at this point. A year ago after his win it Italy, he was a slam dunk to be an inducted member in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary at the end of his career. Now there is probably going to be a higher degree of uncertainty.