Jai Hindley makes history for Australia and Bora-Hansgrohe
Australia could only boast one Grand Tour winner before Sunday, with Cadel Evans winning the 2011 Tour de France . Bora-Hansgrohe had never even put a rider on the podium of a three-week race in their history. Step forward Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe).
The man from Perth was almost faultless over the Giro d’Italia , barely losing any time to his GC rivals, and then pouncing when he needed to, on the crucial stage 20 . 19 months ago, Hindley was crushed by his final day performance, as he conceded time to Tao Geoghegan Hart, and finished second . This time around, he would do it differently.
With a lead of 1-25 going into the final day, Hindley was always comfortable in his time trial, and yet still put in an excellent perfomance, giving up just seven seconds to Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers). It meant his first Grand Tour win was barely threatened on Sunday.
For Australia, a new racing icon is born. In fact, this is a bit of a golden age of GC riders from the other side of the world, with Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën), Jack Haig (Bahrain-Victorious), and Michael Storer (Groupama FDJ) all performing well in the last year.
Hindley will now be a hero in his home country, especially in Western Australia. Even if he does not back this up, he has done something historic. Don’t expect him to fade, though, not now he has looked at the top of the […]