Jai Hindley watched childhood hero Cadel Evans ride the Tour de France in 2011. Giro d’Italia winner Jai Hindley’s next big cycling dream is to triumph in the Tour de France — but fans might have to wait another year to see him in action. Jai Hindley, who has never participated in the Tour de France, says he hopes to do so next year
Australia’s newest cycling superstar said he believed he could emulate one of his heroes, Cadel Evans, by becoming the nation’s second winner of the sport’s greatest race.
"For sure, why not? Never say never," Hindley said, when asked if he could emulate childhood hero Evans’ efforts from 2011.
"That would be the ultimate dream, but I’m definitely not going to say it’s not possible.
"My biggest plan would be to ride the Tour. This is my fifth year as a pro and I’ve never ridden the Tour, so that would a huge step forward.
"Not necessarily riding for the general classification, but just riding the Tour would be super special."
However, after the mental and physical toll of winning the three-week Giro, Hindley said he would target the Vuelta a España and the world championships back home in Australia as a priority this year."Maybe next year [for the Tour], I don’t know," Hindley said."That would be pretty awesome."The Giro d’Italia champion — who was speaking during his post-race holiday with his girlfriend in Italy — said it felt "incredible" to have joined Evans as only the second Australian to win […]