Race report

Team Sunweb make it a fantastic 2-3 at the Giro with Jai Hindley and Wilco Kelderman

Giro d'Italia

Photos: Cor Vos

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.

An emotional Hindley said after the finish: “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. 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.”

Podium finisher Kelderman added: “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.”

Team Sunweb’s Giro d’Italia coach Luke Roberts proudly added: “Today’s final stage of the 2020 Giro d’Italia, 15 kilometre time trial into the centre of Milan. Jai had the pleasure of wearing the pink jersey into Milan, however tied on time and everything still open for the overall victory. Unfortunately, we fell just short today but Jai did enough to maintain second place overall on GC with Wilco also third place on GC here. I think reflecting back on the race in general we can be really proud of how we’ve ridden here. The guys have really stepped up and ridden well as a team. All of the support staff have done a great job. We’ve had a lot of highs and lows throughout the three weeks but when we needed the guys then they were all there and rode strongly as a team together. I think we can be proud, we were up against a tough opponent. We can walk away happy from this race with the two spots on the podium, the stage win, some days in the pink jersey; it’s been a great race for the team.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 GANNA Filippo INEOS Grenadiers 17:16 100
2 CAMPENAERTS Victor NTT Pro Cycling 0:32 40
3 DENNIS Rohan INEOS Grenadiers ,, 20
7 HAGA Chad Team Sunweb 0:44 -
11 KELDERMAN Wilco Team Sunweb 0:55 -
12 TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb 0:58 -
35 OOMEN Sam Team Sunweb 1:34 -
38 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 1:37 -
50 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb 1:53 -
57 DENZ Nico Team Sunweb 2:02 -