Giro d'Italia - Jai Hindley: It’s super disappointing to lose the jersey on the last day
Oct 26 2020 06:45 am CET

Giro d'Italia - Jai Hindley: It’s super disappointing to lose the jersey on the last day
Giro d'Italia - Jai Hindley: It’s super disappointing to lose the jersey on the last day
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Jai Hindley (Sunweb) has lost the lead of the General Classification on the last stage of the Giro d'Italia to Ineos' Tao Geoghegan Hart.

The Australian started the 15.7-kilometre individual time trial in the last position as the wearer of the Pink Jersey. But it soon became clear that the Briton of Ineos was faster on the route and in the end, Hindley lost the lead of the General Classification by 39 seconds and dropped to the second position of the final podium.

"Of course it’s super disappointing to lose the jersey on the last day like that and at the moment it’s pretty hard to take," said Hindley. "I think when I look back, I’ll be super proud with how the team and I rode the past three weeks. It’s a massive step forward in my career and it’s three weeks I’ll never forget. 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 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."

Hindley's teammate Wilco Kelderman -who wore the Pink Jersey for two days on stages 18th and 19th, did a good time trial and could maintain the third spot of the overall standing. "I think we can be super happy as a team that we’re both on the podium," explained the Dutchman. "If we said upfront that we would both be on the podium, then people would have said we were crazy. What we achieved with the team together, it’s great. We were super strong, maybe the strongest team in the Giro, and that is something that we can be super happy about and proud of.

"We’ve been close in the past years, so we’re super happy to have achieved that now. Especially Jai, he showed his potential here and he stepped up to another level which is great for him and the coming years. He’ll be a bit disappointed but he can be really proud and he will have more chances to show what he can do."







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