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Gallery: Jai Hindley goes meteoric on Marmolada to claim maglia rosa before final Giro TT

Alessandro Covi bagged a huge win on the 2022 Giro d’Italia’s final road stage as Hindley cracked Richard Carapaz to all but seal title

Will Strickson
28 May 2022

Stage 20 finally saw the Giro d’Italia properly come to life against the stunning backdrop of the Dolomites, with Bora-Hansgrohe’s Jai Hindley cracking all his GC rivals to move into the maglia rosa going into the last day.

As your newborn baby could’ve predicted, a big breakaway went clear and the main peloton didn’t fancy chasing them back for a chance at the stage win. That neutralised the bonus seconds with Richard Carapaz starting the day in pink just three seconds ahead of Hindley.

The race crested the Passo San Pellegrino first and there was barely a sparkle of action in the bunch. Then it was the incredible Passo Pordoi, where UAE Team Emirates’ Alessandro Covi went clear of his breakaway rivals in what looked to be a bit far out to make it stick.

But stick it did and the young Italian took a famous stage win, holding his lead up the mighty Passo Fedaia ascent of the Marmolada mountain.

In the peloton, Ineos Grenadiers, Bahrain Victorious and Bora-Hansgrohe seemed to be playing it safe, happy to accept a stalemate into Sunday’s final time-trial but Ineos upped the pace on the Fedaia, with Ben Tulett and Pavel Sivakov emptying the tank to set it up for Carapaz.

When Sivakov peeled off only Carapaz, Hindley, Mikel Landa and Hugh Carthy remained.

Hindley first dig dropped both Landa and Carthy and he found a handily placed teammate in Lennard Kämna waiting at exactly the right time.

Kämna, a talented climber but normally a stage hunter, put the hammer down, and Carapaz was soon distanced for the first time in the Giro. Three seconds gained.

The Australian then took it on himself, truly proving his worth as the best rider in the race, while Kämna dropped back to ride with the maglia rosa, making a bit of a nuisance of himself as the Ecuadorian hit the wall.

Hindley arrived alone in sixth, 2:30 down on Covi. Thirty-four seconds later: Gijs Leemreize from the breakaway. A further 15 seconds back: Carthy and Landa. Another 20 seconds down: Kämna. And 19 seconds behind him was Carapaz, broken, with only Davide Formolo to console him over the line, a total of 1:29 behind Bora-Hansgrohe's hero.

In a stark reflection of the 2020 Giro, Jai Hindley takes the maglia rosa on the penultimate stage and will wear it for the first time this tour in the final time-trial.

But this time he has 1:25 to burn (rather than a lead of less than a second in 2020) over just 17.1km and there’s no doubt he has been the strongest rider at the 2022 Giro d’Italia. 

But you already knew that, since you watched the drama unfold. You just want to soak in the moment... so here’s Chris Auld’s gallery from a historic day at the Giro.

Having got their business out of the way with some impressive stage wins, the Alpecin-Fenix lads cruised to the start line with absolutely nothing to worry about.

Ineos, on the other hand: game faces.

World-beating scenery and passionate fans. It must be Italy.

Talking of fans, here starts the gallery within a gallery. Highlights of the tifosi.

These pictures don’t need witty or explanatory captions.

But I’ve got space to fill. Shoutout the humble cowbell.

Unsure about the taxidermy.

100% sure about the quality of the Basque fans. Who needs (the similarly orange) Dutch corner?

Petition to get Euskaltel back in the WorldTour. And their old Catlike helmets.

Just like Kent, right Ben?

Let’s go Damien Howson.

All the backmarkers had huge smiles on their face including Tobias Foss, who’s missing the Tour of Norway for this.

Back to the action, is there any more picturesque arena in world cycling?

Alessandro Covi went all-in for the stage and it paid off. Relief for his team after leader João Almeida dropped out just days from the finish after testing positive for Covid.

Bahrain Victorious's Domen Novak did no work in the break all day, with his team behind as an excuse, before attacking late on to try to catch Covi but he had to settle for second.

Giulio Ciccone came home third.

Jai Hindley used several breakaway riders to keep pushing ahead.

Quickly passing each one.

Fair play, Jai. Maybe people will stop disrespecting the quality of the 2020 Giro now.

Carapaz was not having a good time when Kämna joined the party.

Mikel Landa has not yet confirmed his participation in the Gurning World Championships.




Oh, hi Mark.

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