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Jai Hindley wins Giro d’Italia, only Australia’s second Grand Tour title

NCA NewsWire, June 1, 2022 6:30PM Kids News

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Australia’s Jai Hindley wins the Giro d’Italia, finishing at the Arena di Verona on May 29. Hindley is only the second Australian in history to win a Grand Tour cycling title. Picture: Tim de Waele/Getty Images media_cameraAustralia’s Jai Hindley wins the Giro d’Italia, finishing at the Arena di Verona on May 29. Hindley is only the second Australian in history to win a Grand Tour cycling title. Picture: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

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Cyclist Jai Hindley has become just the second Australian to taste Grand Tour success, winning the Giro d’Italia.

The 26-year-old snatched the lead in the second to last stage of the race and stayed upright in the final time trial in Verona, following 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans in claiming a Grand Tour win.

APAC Sports Pictures of the Week - 2022, May 30 media_cameraJai Hindley crosses the finish line and waves to the cheering crowd at the Arena di Verona during the 105th Giro d’Italia 2022. Picture: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Leading by nearly a minute and a half going into the time trial, Hindley ended the Giro one minute, 18 seconds ahead of 2019 winner Richard Carapaz, despite finishing 15th on the day. Hindley can now forever put to rest the 2020 Giro d’Italia final stage nightmare that saw him pipped at the post*.

Making the victory even sweeter was the presence of Hindley’s parents, who he hadn’t seen in more than two years, last coming home to Perth from his Spanish base in February 2020 before heading back to Europe.

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

105th Giro d'Italia 2022 - Stage 21 media_cameraHindley embraces his parents, Gordon and Robyn, after becoming overall race winner. Based in Europe, regarded as the home of world cycling, Hindley last saw his family in Perth in February 2020 before Covid lockdowns fell across the globe. Picture: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

“Then a few days ago I found out that my parents were going to be coming to the finish and I was really blown away. To not see your parents for two and a half years is unbelievable.

“To have them at the finish in the (Verona Arena) today was special, really special. I think at the end of the year I’ll go home and savour every minute of it.

“It’s a beautiful feeling, really, a lot of emotions out there today. To take the win is really incredible.

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

105th Giro d'Italia 2022 - Stage 21 media_cameraThe Australian flag is not a common sight on the podium at Grand Tour events. Only one other Aussie has ever won one: Cadel Evans also made history winning the Tour de France in 2011. Picture: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Hindley’s time trial weakness cost him the overall victory at the death in 2020, having taken the pink jersey in that year’s 20th stage before being pipped in the final time trial in Milan.

He said that loss was in the back of his mind this time, but he would not be denied.

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

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

“But I didn‘t know I would be fighting for the win. To take the win is really incredible.”

Hindley said he might attempt this year’s Vuelta a Espana* and was also eyeing a place in the 2022 UCI Road World Championships, to be held in NSW in September.

105th Giro d'Italia 2022 - Stage 21 media_cameraFrom left, Richard Carapaz of Ecuador (Team INEOS Grenadiers) in second place, race winner Jai Hindley of Australia (Team Bora-Hansgrohe), and Mikel Landa Meana of Spain (Team Bahrain Victorious) in third place during the podium ceremony. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

“I think it would be a great event and it’s not every day you get to do the worlds in your home country, especially when you’re from Oz,” he said. “I’m super keen to be in that team. I think after today I’ll take it easy for a bit … park up and just really savour the moment.”

Hindley’s Bora-Hansgrohe* team sports director, Enrico Gasparotto, said the Australian “fulfilled all our hopes”.

105th Giro d'Italia 2022 - Stage 21 media_cameraHindley in the pink leader jersey, riding his way to victory on May 29 in Verona, Italy. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

“Jai’s win is a great success and we are all very happy,” he said. “He has shown himself to be very strong during the three weeks and fulfilled all our hopes.

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

GLOSSARY

  • pipped at the post: to beat or defeat someone by a very small margin right at the end
  • Vuelta a Espana: annual multistage, long distance bike race, primarily on Spanish roads
  • Bora-Hansgrohe: German professional cycling team, sponsored by and named for two German manufacturers

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  1. In which famous Italian city did the race end?
  2. Which other Australian has won a Grand Tour title, for which race and in what year?
  3. How far ahead was Hindley’s time at the end?
  4. Where and when are the 2022 UCI Road World Championships being held?
  5. Which European team is Hindley currently representing?

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