Cycling. Giro d'Italia - Jai Hindley is the first Australian to win it

Jai Hindley (Bora), who had reclaimed the pink jersey of Richard Carapaz, was able to maintain and confirm his position as leader of Giro at the conclusion of the 21st stage of the Tour of Italy.

Cycling. Giro d'Italia - Jai Hindley is the first Australian to win it

Jai Hindley (Bora), who had reclaimed the pink jersey of Richard Carapaz, was able to maintain and confirm his position as leader of Giro at the conclusion of the 21st stage of the Tour of Italy. Hindley won the second grand tour by importance in front of the Verona Arena, becoming the first Australian winner.

Matteo Sobrero (BikeExchange), the Italian champion in this discipline, won the 21st and final stage. It was a 17.4-kilometer time trial. Hindley (26), is ahead of Carapaz (37) and Vincenzo Nibali (37) in the final standings. At the end of the season, the double Giro winner also announced his retirement.

After losing the pink jersey in Milan's time trial, Hindley was second in 2020. The Perth native, an Australian, was able to win the race with a time advantage of 1 minute 25 seconds over Carapaz. This gave him enough time to parade in Verona, where Carapaz had won in 2019. Hindley (15th), who was competing with Carapaz (10th), lost 7 seconds.

Cadel Evans, who was present in Verona on Sunday, claimed that Australia had already won the Tour de France 2011. However, no Australian has registered his name yet on the Vuelta chart, the third major tour of the year. Hindley, a second-ranked rider from Australia, is on the Giro's final podium. Cadel Evans was still third in 2013.

The pink jersey remained uncertain until Saturday's final 3km of the 20th and penultimate stages, which took place on the slopes at Passo Fedaia, Dolomites. Arnaud Demare, however, secured the cyclamen shirt in the points classification for only the second time in his professional career.

Picard, a member of Groupama-FDJ, won in three stages. He was not scheduled to start the Tour de France on July 1, in Copenhagen. Mark Cavendish, 37, is also present and holds the Tour stage record.

Koen Bouwman from the Netherlands, twice a winner, returned the blue jersey for best climber. Juan Pedro Lopez of Spain was at the top of the category for ten days. Santiago Buitrago, a 22-year-old Colombian sensation, won the white jersey for best young person. .

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