Rome, May 28 (BUS): Jay Hindley stormed the Giro d’Italia lead over the fearsome Marmolada on Saturday with one day left, reports the Associated Press.
Alessandro Coffey won a powerful mountain stage in his first Grand Tour victory after a lengthy solo attack.
Race favorite Richard Karapaz, 2019 champion and Olympic gold medalist in Tokyo, has led the Giro since last Saturday, but only by three seconds.
Ineos Grenadiers cyclist sprinted inside the last three kilometers of the penultimate stage on Saturday and Hindley rode away to potential glory.
Hindley, riding with Bora-Hansgrohe, will benefit by 1 minute 25 seconds from the end of the individual race in Verona.
Hindley ran the final test in 2020 in the same position, but the Australian finished second behind Tao Jiujigan Hart.
However, they were both at the same total time, and barring an accident or disaster, Hindley should do better on Sunday.
Mikel Landa remained third, 1:51 behind Hindley, and the 20th stage was given a maximum difficulty rating of five stars and featured three uphill climbs: Passo San Pellegrino, Passo Pordoi – the race’s highest point – and the final Passo Fedaia to the foot of the Marmolada glacier in The end of the 168-kilometre (104-mile) road from Belluno.
All three were top rated climbs with nearly 4,500m of climbs stacked in the day.