Hindley and Kelderman bury 2020 Giro d’Italia hatchet in joint GC bid

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2022 - 101st Edition - 7th stage Barcelona - Barcelona 138.5 km - Jai Hindley (AUS - Bora - Hansgrohe) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022
Jai Hindley racing with Bora-Hansgrohe at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Image credit: Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency)

It’s official: Jai Hindley and Wilco Kelderman will be starting this year’s Giro d’Italia together with Emanuel Buchmann as two of the three GC contenders for Bora-Hansgrohe. And that’s despite the well-publicized controversy that erupted during and after a crunch stage of the 2020 Giro over the Australian and Dutchman's radically different views regarding team tactics.

In third week of the 2020 Giro d’Italia, Hindley and Kelderman were joint leaders at Team DSM. Kelderman was the designated Giro leader but Hindley was also well-placed overall. The team opted to give both riders a chance. Hindley managed to stick with Tao Geoghegan Hart on the Stelvio pass while Kelderman was dropped, turning the leadership strategy upside down for the final stages to Milan. Hindley eventually lost the maglia rosa to the Ineos Grenadiers rider in the final time tria.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.