Strewth! Stage 5 of Tour de France 2023 and he’s only gone and done it. Jai Hindley (BORA-Hansgrohe) sneaks into the break of the day like a ninja warrior, makes all the right moves as the break ebbs and flows and then attacks like the Giro winner he is to take his first Tour de France victory AND THE MAILLOT JAUNE. I couldn’t be more delighted for him, his team and the brilliant Aussie fans of the #couchpeloton. Enjoy your moment of joy, guys.
It seems as if it was both just yesterday and an eternity since the 2022 Giro d’Italia kickstarted in Budapest with fans cheering Attila Valter‘s name, ending in Verona with fans chanting Vincenzo Nibali‘s name. No, Nibali did not magically win the Giro today, it was simply his last one.
Australia’s Jai Hindley of Bora-hansgrohe ripped the leader’s pink jersey from the shoulders of Richard Carapaz (Ineos) with a savage attack on the final mountain climb of this year’s Giro d’Italia. He heads into tomorrow’s time trial finale with a 1.25 advantage over the Ecuadorian. Barring disaster, he will be holding that magnificent Giro trophy aloft tomorrow evening.
Alessandro Covi won the stage for UAE Team Emirates, the Italian’s biggest win to date, but the headlines will be all Hindley’s.