STAGE 21 – GIRO D’ITALIA
A vision of pride and a result of hard work and dedication from the team on and off the bike, Team Sunweb wrote in their history books today as Jai Hindley and Wilco Kelderman stood together proudly on the podium at the Giro d’Italia in Milano, having taken second and third in the GC for the team.
An incredible team effort positioned Team Sunweb perfectly for success in the general classification, with the team entering the final stage in first and third place.
It was an intense final showdown to three thrilling weeks of racing, with the final GC coming down to milliseconds today and the final 15.7 kilometre time trial set to decide who would take the coveted Maglia Rosa home.
Leaving nothing behind on the road, 24-year-old Jai Hindley rode the time trial of his life aboard his Cervélo P5 with Shimano Road disc brakes. With a perfect plan from the team’s experts, he left nothing to spare and rode the time trial of his life to secure a fantastic second place in the GC; an incredible result for Jai and the team. The icing on the cake was an incredible all-in effort from Wilco Kelderman, who fought for every last second to secure third on the podium – making it an unbelievable 2-3 for the team.
Podium finisher Kelderman: “I think we can be super happy as a team that we’re both on the podium. 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.”