Jai Hindley took an impressive win of stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia while beating both Romain Bardet (Team DSM) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers) to the medal. Hindley managed to conquer Blockhaus at the stage 9 with his impressive skills, it is safe to say that no one was able to match his level of determination and caliber.
Despite countless attacks from Carapaz, Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo) maintained an amazing ride and even managed to retain the Maglia Rosa. Following intense heat waves and injuries, Simon Yates fell behind the leading group and saw his chances of winning diminish, he finished at 11 minutes after the main leading group. This was heartbreaking to see as Yates had a lot of plans for the Giro.
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This was an unforgettable and unexpected win, no one saw this coming. After the race, Jai Hindley expressed in his happiness:
I was just trying to survive as best I could. I knew it was flattening out in the last kilometers and there was a right-hander before the finish with around 200m to go.
I wanted to take the corner first and I gave it everything to the line – and here we are. It’s pretty incredible. It wasn’t the easiest year I had last year. I worked my arse off to get back to the level to compete at the Giro and I’m at a loss for words. It’s pretty amazing.
With this astonishing win, Hindley was able to move to the fifth position in the overall general classification. Although the top rankings went through a serious change as López, Almeida and Bardet have taken the top three positions respectively.
Naturally, Bardet was not happy with the race results and he seemed quite disappointed with his own performance. He had much more expectations from the lead group, especially with their performance but it just did not work out. Even the leading trio group of Bardet, Carapaz, and Mikel Landa could not stop Hindley from winning stage 9. Sharing his regret, Bardet said:
It’s a real shame to get in a big group like that and not win. We didn’t really work together, everyone was on the limit. There aren’t many chances to win and it’s a shame. I am disappointed not to win.
This was a 191km stage, and from the get-go it was going to test the climbing skills of all the cyclists as the stage included more than 5000m of climbing. Only the cyclist that had amazing climbing skills were able to make it to the finish line in time. From the start of the race, the whole situation got tense thanks to a crash within the first 15km. Pello Bilbao suffered the most with most of the riders made it back on their wheels and continued the race.
Even though Jai Hindley was pushed to the back of the group, he still made it to the top. He pushed through all the attacks from all the directions and won the stage. This was his day and he made it happen!
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