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A most likeable champion: An ode to Giro d’Italia winner Jai Hindley

Hindley’s Giro win is a milestone moment for Australian cycling, but that’s only part of it. In the small hours of July 2011, millions of…

Monday, May 30

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Hindley’s Giro win is a milestone moment for Australian cycling, but that’s only part of it.

In the small hours of July 2011, millions of Australians sat glued to their television screens watching Cadel Evans make Tour de France history. They watched as Evans battled to save his GC on the Galibier on stage 19, as he reeled in the Schleck brothers in the stage 20 time trial to take the maillot jaune, and as he made it safely through the final stage in Paris to become the first Australian winner of the Tour de France; of any Grand Tour.

Few watching those moments are likely to forget them. The same will be true of Jai Hindley’s exploits on the roads of the Giro d’Italia in recent weeks.

The West Australian’s plucky win on Blockhaus on stage 9 which rocketed him up the GC. His destructive 3 km on the Marmolada on Saturday evening where he cracked Richard Carapaz and rode into pink. His rock-solid time trial on Sunday evening to defend the maglia rosa and become the first Australian to win the Giro d’Italia.

His victory is a momentous occasion for Australian cycling, perhaps only eclipsed by Evans’s Tour success of 11 years prior. But Hindley’s victory isn’t just a win for Australian cycling; it’s a victory that all cycling fans can appreciate. Hindley and Carapaz share a moment on the final podium. (Photo by Sara Cavallini/Getty Images) It was hard not to sympathise with Hindley after the 2020 Giro. He’d ridden […]

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