Hindley insists Kelderman remains Sunweb leader at Giro d'Italia

Team Sunweb rider Netherlands Wilco Kelderman L and Team Sunweb Australians rider Jai Hindley 2nd R ride uphill at Passo dello Stelvio Stelvio Pass during the 18th stage of the Giro dItalia 2020 cycling race a 207kilometer route between Pinzolo and Laghi di Cancano on October 22 2020 Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images
Team Sunweb duo Wilco Kelderman and Jai Hindley follow the Ineos surge on the Stelvio (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

And in its dying days, this most unpredictable Giro d'Italia throws up a strikingly familiar plot line. Old tropes repeat themselves endlessly at the corsa rosa, but somehow, they always feel new. Wilco Kelderman took over the pink jersey at Laghi di Cancano on Thursday, but his teammate Jai Hindley won the stage and was, by some distance, the stronger of the Sunweb duo on the Giro's most rigorously impartial adjudicator, the Passo dello Stelvio.

In the overall standings, Hindley is just 12 seconds behind his leader, with three stages remaining. The summit finish at Sestriere on Saturday favours the Australian. The short final time trial in Milan the following day benefits Kelderman. As with Roche and Visentini, Simoni and Cunego, and every other intra-team rivalry in the history of the race, it begs an obvious question: who's the boss?

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.