Hindley dreams big: ‘Of course I believe in the yellow jersey’

RSNplusThe winner of the Giro in Italy is still on cloud nine

By Felix Matisse


Guy Hindley (Bora – Hansgrohe) won the Giro d’Italia 2022. | Photo: Cor Vos

05/31/2022 | (rsn) – It’s been two days since Jay Hindley became the first Australian to win the Giro d’Italia in Verona. Two days that others might use after a major tour to leave the country they’ve been in for the past three weeks and go home. But if home is on the other side of the world and the season continues in Europe for the foreseeable future, then what?

“I’ve booked a little vacation here in Italy,” Hindley laughed at a webinar Tuesday morning. “This might sound a little silly, but it was planned ahead of the race. I won’t reveal the exact location, but I’m in Italy with my girlfriend and enjoying the time. It’s just a great country.”

___STEADY_PAYWALL___ The 26-year-old likely associates positive feelings with Italy. Feelings remained the key word two days after the great victory. You can still feel that Hindley has been touched by all the events of the past few days since storming the pink jersey at Fedaia lane on Saturday.

Australian with Buddhist name

“Everything pretty much went pretty well. Since I crossed the finish line, there wasn’t any time to process it – interviews straight away, then a very nice big party. The highlight for me was that my parents and my girlfriend were there – especially my parents, which I haven’t seen in person in 2.5 years. That was really special. Especially in a rollercoaster season like 2021, that was so brutal to me that I couldn’t meet her, ‘The name is also i instead of y at the end and the special pronunciation – jay not jay – He comes from the Indian region. “My father converted to Buddhism – that’s why,” the Giro winner explained.

The idea of ​​Cadel Evans and winning the 2011 Tour gives 15-year-old Jay Hindley goosebumps. | Photo: Cor Vos

When asked about Cadel Evans’ victory in the 2011 Tour de France and the significance of his victory at the Giro to Australian cycling, Hindley seemed on the verge of tears. At that time, in 2011, when he was 15 years old, he was standing on the street in France. This was his first trip to Europe with the Australian Football Association.

Hindley stressed the importance of such experiences for young cyclists, “Being there has been crazy for us. We were in front of the TV in Belgium for the crucial time trial and I will never forget it in my life.” “Cadell is someone that probably everyone in Australia knows – probably the most important Australian cyclist ever. Now to win a Grand Tour like him is very special.”

Setting an example for the next generation: “Dream big!”

Accordingly, he also addressed the youth of his Perth club: “I want to say to all the kids at Midland Cycling Club: Dream big! Anything is possible if you really want it and work for it.” The support he has received in the past few weeks via text messages from home and especially from his immediate surroundings has been very special to him.

Massive victory: Hindley presents Trofeo Senza Fine at Verona – Giro Cup! | Photo: Cor Vos

“It’s an incredible feeling, really that I have the full support of the nation,” Hindley said. “Having all these people from home behind you, especially relatives and close friends, it’s incredible. I can’t even begin to describe how special she is.”

But of course he also went into sports and performed in full for the Bora – hansgrohe team again on Tuesday. “We had three captains with Wilko, Imo and me, and it is not always easy to manage the protection of three drivers. It also depends on the nature of the individuals. But the two are not too selfish, they are great teammates. For example, when Wilko got a flaw and lost his chances in the rankings. General: It was phenomenal that he drove the car straight away,” Hindley praised the Robblingers’ tenacity.

‘We weren’t underdog’

“It’s been a long time since I’ve felt such a good atmosphere in a team on tour. Everyone was there from start to finish,” he said, also stressing that the Giro was handled with confidence. “We were not the underdog. We won the race and didn’t feel threatened by any other team. We had a very strong squad.”

Brilliant team effort: Bora Hensgrohe won the first Grand Tour straight after the big change to the Tour team. | Photo: Cor Vos

Hindley knows how important the Giro’s success is to a business owner. After all, at the start of the season, achieving the grand podium was the big goal after changing from a more classic team to a Tour team – and many thought that was too ambitious, and questioned the idea of ​​a triple top. But the success proved that Bora – Hansgrohe was right – not only success, but also his driving style during the three-week Tour of Italy, with an attack from day one.

“That’s huge for the team,” Hindley said. “I invested a lot and changed a lot by signing tour drivers. It was a big decision and a big risk. It took a lot of time and work to change a team like this. It definitely caused a lot of pressure in management. I am very happy that we showed that we can To be the GC team of the future and we can be.”

Of course I believe in winning the yellow jersey.

And speaking of the future: Where does Jay Hindley go now that the Giro has won? “Usually I’ll be at the Volta and after that I hope to be in the world championships too. I think every Australian professional wants to race there at home,” he explained. As a Giro winner, he will automatically be one of the candidates in the Vueltaa, even if Sergio Higuita is said to be the designated leader of the Bora-Hansgrohe. After all, it’s just been proven that double or triple tips can work.

Richard Carapaz (Inios Grenadiers, right) defeated Alan Hindley over three weeks. He is now also dreaming of beating Tadej Pujacar (UAE Team Emirates), Jonas Weinggaard (Jumbo-Visma) and all other Tour de France stars in the future. | Photo: Cor Vos

But in the longer term, Hindley is now hoping to one day replace the pink jersey with the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. “It would be a pleasure to ride the Tour. This is my fifth year as a pro and I haven’t made it yet. That would be a big step. You don’t have to be a GC, but just riding there would be great – maybe next year,” Hindley said, who answered confidently when He was asked about his chances of winning a possible tour in the future:

“Never say never. Of course I think I will win the yellow shirt one day – why not? I certainly wouldn’t say it’s not possible,” he added.

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