Jai Hindley’s magnificent Giro d’Italia triumph has capped a spectacular weekend for Australian cycling around the world.
While Hindley was powering to overall victory on the 21st and final stage of the Giro in Verona on Sunday, his fellow West Australian Alexandra Manly was taking her first professional title at the International Thuringen Ladies Tour in Germany.
Kalgoorlie’s double world track champion Manly, riding for Australian outfit Team BikeExchange-Jayco, completed an extraordinary week by sprinting to her fourth stage victory of the tour in Altenburg to take both the overall victory and the points classification.
Earlier on Sunday, Tasmanian Nathan Earle had raced to victory in Japan’s Tour de Kumano, taking the overall title while his compatriot Ryan Cavanagh sprinted to victory in the final stage to take the points classification.
At the conclusion of the six-day Tour of Norway in Stavanger, Townsville’s Jay Vine (Alpecin-Fenix) finished runner-up overall and his compatriot Luke Plapp (INEOS Grenadiers) third behind the brilliant young Belgian star Remco Evenepoel.
In the Alpes Isere Tour for some of the best young riders, Brisbane’s Israel Cycling Academy prospect Sebastian Berwick sped to victory on the final stage in Allevard-les-Bains, the promising 22-year-old finishing third in the overall general classification.
It followed Saturday’s finish to the three-day Tour of Estonia where BikeExchange-Jayco’s big sprint hope Kaden Groves finished third overall and won the points jersey.
To complete BikeExchange-Jayco’s fine day, the final Giro time trial in Verona was won by Italian time trial champion Matteo Sobrero to give the Aussie team a third win over the three weeks of the tour.