Jai Hindley hoping history doesn't repeat in Giro d'Italia Etna assault

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Jai Hindley comes over the line in 19th on the Etna stage in 2020 while racing with Team Sunweb, spent and suffering with stomach cramps as he holds on to limit losses (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Giro d’Italia peloton may still be sleeping in Hungary tonight but Tuesday's first crunch climb of Mount Etna is looming ever larger in its collective imagination. Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe), for one, is hoping there is no repeat of history, with his previous Giro ascent of the volcano back in 2020 a low point in an otherwise hugely successful Grand Tour.

Hindley finished that Giro d’Italia on the podium, of course, and with a stage win and spell in pink to his name. But in the first week on Etna two years ago, the 26-year-old tells Cyclingnews, he was holding onto what was left of the peloton for grim death and praying things did not get worse.

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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.