Aussie cyclist's beautiful reunion after 113-year first at Giro D'Italia

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The left picture shows 2022 Giro d'Italia winner Jai Hindley celebrating with his parents and on the right with his girlfriiend.
Jai Hindley's parents (left) and girlfriend (right) were on hand to celebrate his historic Giro d'Italia triumph. Pic: Getty

Jai Hindley says he was "blown away" by a beautiful family moment in the wake of a historic triumph in the Giro d'Italia.

The 26-year-old cyclist became the first Australian in 113 years to win the Italian Grand Tour after snatching the pink jersey on the penultimate stage, before rolling into the final day time-trial in Verona to seal a memorable win.

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Making the victory even more sweet was the fact Hindley was able to celebrate with his parents, who he hadn't seen in more than two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Before Sunday, he hadn't seen his family since after the Sun Tour way back in February 2020, after which he was in his home town of Perth "for less than 24 hours" before heading back to Europe.

Hindley said the reunion with his family was an "unbelievable" way to cap off a history-making moment in Australian cycling.

VERONA, ITALY - MAY 29: Jai Hindley of Australia and Team Bora - Hansgrohe Pink Leader Jersey celebrates at podium with the Trofeo Senza Fine as overall race winner during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022, Stage 21 a 17,4km individual time trial stage from Verona to Verona / ITT / #Giro / #WorldTour / on May 29, 2022 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
VERONA, ITALY - MAY 29: Jai Hindley of Australia and Team Bora - Hansgrohe Pink Leader Jersey celebrates at podium with the Trofeo Senza Fine as overall race winner during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022, Stage 21 a 17,4km individual time trial stage from Verona to Verona / ITT / #Giro / #WorldTour / on May 29, 2022 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

"I didn't know that was the last time I was going to be back home for a couple of years," Hindley told reporters.

"Then a few days ago I found out that my parents were going to be coming to the finish and I was really blown away, to not see your parents for two and a half years is unbelievable.

"To have them at the finish in the Arena today was special. Really special.

"I think at the end of the year I'll go home and savour every minute of it."

The 26-year-old's family celebrated in the city's ancient Roman Arena when he lifted the trophy, capping a great victory for cyclist and country.

Pictured here, Aussie cyclist Jai Hindley of Australia celebrating with his parents after winning the 2022 Giro d'Italia
Aussie cyclist Jai Hindley celebrates winning the Giro d'Italia with his parents Gordon and Robyn. Pic: Getty

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Hindley claimed his win by holding off Richard Carapaz in Sunday's time-trial, a skill which was once his weak point and which cost him victory at the 2020 Giro.

He said that he had worked on his technique with his team Bora Hansgrohe, and banished the memory of his painful last stage collapse in the time-trial two years ago when he conceded the Giro to Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart on the final day.

"I went to California, to this specialised headquarters, spent quite a bit of time in the wind tunnel trying to work on better positions on the new set up and I think it's helped a lot," he said.

Hindley said that he might take a stab at this year's Vuelta a Espana, and is also eyeing a place in the world championships, which are to be held in New South Wales in September.

"I think it would be a great event and it's not every day you get to do the worlds in your home country, especially when you're form Oz. So yeah I'm super keen to be in that team," he said.

"I think after today I'll take it easy for a bit, sink some beers, park up and just really savour the moment."

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