Tour of Italy; Jai Hindley joins Cadel Evans as on Aussies to win Grand Tour

After being beaten in 2020, Aussie Jai Hindley would not be denied his place in cycling history.

Jai Hindley has ended the nightmare of a final stage horror of the Giro d’Italia 2020 forever by becoming the second Australian to taste Grand Tour success.

The 26-year-old stayed on his feet in the final stage time trial in Verona, having taken the lead on the penultimate stage, to follow 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans to a victory on the Grand Tour.

Taking a cushion of nearly a minute and a half in the time trial, Hindley finished the Giro a minute and 18 seconds clear of 2019 winner Richard Carapaz despite finishing 15th that day .

The presence of Hindley’s parents, whom he has not seen for more than two years after making only one return from his Spanish base in Perth in February 2020 before heading back to Europe, made the victory all the sweeter .

“I didn’t know that was the last time I was going to be back home for a few years,” Hindley told reporters.

“Then a few days ago I found out my parents were coming to the finish and I was really blown away, not seeing your parents for 2 and a half years is amazing.

“Having them arrive in the Arena today was special, really special. I think at the end of the year I will go home and savor every minute of it.

“It’s a great feeling, really, a lot of emotions today. Winning is really incredible.

“I’m really proud to be Australian and I’m going to bring this one home.”

Hindley’s weakness in the time trial cost him the overall victory in death in 2020, having also won the pink jersey on stage 20 that year before being beaten in the time trial. the climatic watch in Milan.

He admitted it was in the back of his mind this time, but he wouldn’t be denied.

“I had in my mind what happened in 2020 and I wasn’t going to let that happen again,” Hindley said.

“Last year was really, really tough and I really fought hard to be back here.

“But I didn’t know I would fight for the win. Winning is truly amazing.

Hindley said he could try his luck at this year’s Vuelta a Espana and is also eyeing a place at the world championships, which will be held in NSW in September.

“I think it would be a great event and it’s not every day that you get the opportunity to do the World Championships in your home country, especially when you’re from the Oz roster. I’m super keen to be on this team,” he said.

“I think after today I’m going to relax a bit, drink a few beers, park and really savor the moment.”

Hindley’s Bora Hansgrohe team sporting director Enrico Gasparotto said the Australian “has lived up to all our hopes”.

“Jai’s victory is a great success and we are all very happy. He was very strong for the three weeks and fulfilled all our hopes,” he said.

“This is our first overall victory in a Grand Tour and we are proud to have achieved it. The whole team worked well together and everyone gave their best every day to make this success possible.

Originally published as Jai Hindley becomes the first Australian to win the Giro d’Italia

Leave a Comment