Jai Hindley (WA) raced to his first overall victory at the Toscana Terra di Ciclismo Eroica in Italy, Saturday April 29th.
The Australian Under 23 National Team dominated the three stage two day race with Robert Stannard (NSW) and Lucas Hamilton (VIC) completing the lock out of the podium.
“It feels great to get a GC win and to share the podium with two teammates is something special,” said an elated Hindley.
“To be honest I don’t think we could have had a better tour the guys were so consistent. I think the result is a true testament of how strong this team actually is,” added the Herald Sun Tour runner up who was again quick to praise the work of the team.
Having won the opening team time trial and with Hindley second in the road stage on Friday the team headed into the final 147.5 kilometre stage with the top three positions on GC. Hindley’s advantage on fourth place was 51 seconds and the team was confident of maintaining the lead.
However with more than 50 kilometres of strada bianca (white dirt roads) ahead the team had to be switched on from the start with positioning key. A five rider move dominated the early part of the race with Australian Champion Sam Jenner (NSW), Harry Sweeny (QLD) and former junior world time trial medallist Michael Storer (WA) controlling the race.
Hindley, Stannard and Hamilton were well positioned all day and were part of a selected group of 15 riders to navigate the dirt roads to contest the finish.
“Obviously we wanted to try and defend the top three places on GC which meant Sam, Harry and Michael had to do a lot of work the whole day,” Hindley explained of the teams objectives.
“Then it was up to Lucas Rob and I to cover the moves and ride aggressively towards the pointy end.
“It’s always pretty unpredictable on the strade sectors but apart from that our guys had the break of five guys controlled all day.
“The end result today would have been impossible without them.”
With a busy month of racing coming up Hindley is looking forward to what is to come starting with the UCI Europe Tour Rhone Alpes Isere, May 3-6 next on the agenda.