In just his third season on the UCI World Tour, Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb) created history with the best ever finish by an Australian cyclist at the Giro d’italia, the Italian Grand Tour.
The result sent Hindley, 24, into the record books as just the third Australian to reach the podium of a Grand Tour, joining Cadel Evans and Richie Porte.
"I think as a team we actually didn’t put a foot wrong all race, to be honest and we can be super proud of what we’ve accomplished. I’d just like to thank the guys on the team, the whole team actually – the staff, everyone involved.
"It’s a massive step forward in my career and something I’ll never forget."
Perth's Hindley began his cycling journey with the Midland Cycling Club, before tasting his first national-level victories in 2012.
Hindley took dual national gold on the year, firstly as part of Western Australia's Under 17 team pursuit winning quartet at the Cycling Australia Track National Championships, before winning gold in the Under 17 road race at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships.
Hindley then honed his craft as part of the Cycling Australia World Tour Academy in 2016, before joining Mitchelton-Scott in 2017, and then Team Sunweb in 2018.
Hindley powered to the Stage 18 win and then stunned the world by taking the leader’s pink jersey on the penultimate stage.
He lead Geoghegan Hart (GBR) by just one second ahead of the final stage time trial, with Hart clocking the 12th fastest time on the flat course with Hindley finishing 39 seconds behind.
“Of course, it’s super disappointing to lose the jersey on the last day, but at the moment, it’s pretty hard to take but when I look back I think I’ll be super proud of how I and team rode the past three weeks.
"It’s a massive operation to get here and to be on the podium in Milan; a lot of work, effort and time has gone into it and I really appreciate what the team has done to get me here.” 1 x 🏆
3 x 🥈
2 x 🥉
16 x Top 10 on stages
3 days in 💗
3 days in 🤍
🥈 + 🥉 on GC
A great end to our #Giro🇮🇹 journey and one that we'll fondly remember seeing @JaiHindley and @W1lcokelderman together on the podium.🙌🏻
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