Jai Hindley sealed a historic victory on Sunday when the Bora-Hansgrohe rider became the first Australian to win the Giro d’Italia.
Three weeks and a day after leaving Budapest, Hungary, Hindley lined up at the start line of the final day’s 17.4 kilometer time trial through Verona with a 1:25 lead. on Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers). After riding an almost faultless race, Hindley snatched the maglia rosa from Carapaz’s shoulders on the penultimate high mountain stage on Saturday, before the 26-year-old clinched the leader’s pink jersey on Sunday.
Despite losing 7 seconds to the Ecuadorian on the final stage, won by Italian national time trial champion Matteo Sobrero (BikeExchange-Jayco), Hindley avoided repeating the 2020 edition by losing the jersey on the last day against future winner Tao Geoghegan Hart. In the end, Hindley wins with 1min 18sec, while Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) completes the podium in third at 3min 24sec.
“It’s a nice feeling,” Hindley said. “I had a lot of emotions earlier today. I had in my mind what happened in 2020 and I wasn’t going to let that happen again. To get this win is really amazing. I’m really proud to be Aussie and bring this one home.”