Chris Hamilton takes rare chance to break onto WorldTour podium at Giro d’Italia

Giro d'Italia 2021 - 104th Edition - 12th stage Siena - Bagno di Romagna 212 km - 20/05/2021 - Andrea Vendrame (ITA - AG2R Citroen Team) - Christopher Hamilton (AUS - Team DSM) - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021
Chris Hamilton (Team DSM) on the move with Andrea Vendrame (AG2R Citroën) on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Chris Hamilton (Team DSM) is one of those riders that's usually too busy working for others to get the chance to go for victory himself, so it’s not surprising that the last time he made his way onto the podium for an individual result was back in 2016, when he pulled on the green and gold jersey of the U23 Australian national champion. Now, in his fifth year on the WorldTour, he has found his way back onto those prized steps by taking a second place at one of the biggest races on the calendar.

Stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia – with 3,700 metres of climbing and the second longest of the race at 212 kilometres – was never going to be an easy day in the saddle but it looked like one for the break so instead of putting all the focus on working for the team’s GC contender, Romain Bardet, Hamilton and Nicholas Roche were given a chance to try and hunt down a stage win. It was a chance the 26-year-old Australian was determined to make the most of.

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