In the log cabin, Hindley pulls himself into the role of Captain Bora

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Written by Peter Maurer


Jay Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) celebrates winning the Giro stage at Block House. | Photo: Cor Vos

05/15/2022 | (rsn) – Jai Hindley (Bora – hansgrohe) appears to specialize in stunning stage wins at the Giro d’Italia. A year and a half ago, when the Tour of Italy had to be postponed to October due to the Corona pandemic, he won the Laghi di Cancano after a quick decision against Tao Giogegan Hart (Inios Grenadiers). This time it was the legendary mountain finish at the Blockhaus, which the Australian won after a grueling 191 kilometres. And again in an amazing way.

However, the man from Perth on the west coast of Australia has had a tough time since winning in 2020 and second overall in that time until his ninth Giro stage. “It was a while before I was allowed to throw my hands in the air again to celebrate,” Hindley said at the press conference after his reversal, which put him fifth in the overall standings. ___STEADY_PAYWALL___

The Bora newcomer continued: “This year has not been the easiest for me in 2021. It was difficult to get back to that level.” Having donned the pink jersey at the Giro 2020 until the last trial and losing it there in a big way to Britain’s Geoghegan Hart, Hindely has decided not to travel to Australia. Because his country was following a very strict policy regarding Corona at the time, which stipulated a quarantine for several weeks.

On well-known tracks in the direction of Cima Blockhaus | Photo: Cor Vos

But after a winter in Europe, Hindley fell ill and fell. A gluteal injury then forced him to retire from racing 2021, although he was looking to fight for Maglia Rosa again after his thrilling ride the previous year. “I had to withdraw and take a long break. It affected the rest of the season,” recalls the 26-year-old.

The rest of the season brought him seventh place at the Tour de Bologna, before his cycling year ended early after falling at the Tour of Slovakia and breaking his collarbone.

Hindley is part of the Bora trident in Giro

After that, Hindley not only began rehab, but also began a new phase of his career with his transfer to the Raublinger racing team, where at first great successes failed, and he was overshadowed by one of his teammates. But now Hindley, by winning a stage at Blockhouse, has moved up to pole position in the Giro, with Emmanuel Buchmann also keeping his chances of ranking with seventh.

The hard enemy to win the blockhouse stage. | Photo: Cor Vos

“We came here with high ambitions and three leaders. Emu and Wilco are two great drivers who shouldn’t be left out. We’ve come to the end of the first part of the race. But there’s still a lot more waiting for us,” Hindley explained his team’s strategic direction and added: “We still have a few more options and we can still play good cards.”

The whole building at the station

However, Hindley did not present himself as a great contender for the overall victory on a stage punctuated by more than 5,000 meters of altitude difference. Because like most other rating riders, he also ran into problems when Richard Carapaz (Inios Grenadiers) increased speed on the final climb 4.6km from the finish and pulled out with Romain Bardet (DSM) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain victor). “I was really at the extremes of the mountain and tried to survive as best I could,” recalls the Bora driver, who then received unplanned help from a competitor.

Colleague Buchmann, first to congratulate | Photo: Cor Vos

Because he found with the Portuguese Joao Almeida (Emirates UAE team) the ideal partner to search for the three leaders. “None of us were an explosive driver, so we had to keep our pace and try not to waste too much time,” Hindley went back to the end and continued: “Joao was really strong because when I set the speed, the gap to the front remained almost the same, but it was always able to catch up.”

With the announcement of complete victory

Just before the last kilometer, the duo with the experienced Italian Domenico Pozovovo (Intermarchi-Wante-Joubert) reached the leading trio around Carapaz, Bardet and Landa. “I flattened and we were lucky the three of them were playing cat and mouse. With 200 meters left I knew I couldn’t waste any more time and got started.” By the way, he was told the perfect time for his attack from the support vehicle. Because Borra’s sports director, Enrico Gasparotto, has identified the final corner of the race as crucial to a fast sprint to the finish.

Hindley drove this in first and worked on those centimeters which were enough for him to win in the end. In addition to the long wait since his last victory, success at the Maiella block in Abruzzo also had another emotional advantage in the professional shop Bora.

Because in 2015 he spent his first months as a cyclist in Europe of all places in this region. “I lived here as an amateur, and I stole here for Aran Cucine for six months,” said Hendley, who also had a small home advantage as a result. Of course it’s great to win here.”

Hindley enjoys his second Giro stage win. | Photo: Cor Vos

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