Jai Hindley sees Wilco Kelderman as the top favorite to win the Giro d’Italia. The Australian from Sunweb helped the Dutchman to a better starting position in the general classification on Sunday in the fifteenth stage.
The 29-year-old Kelderman narrowed his backlog on rosette sweater João Almeida to fifteen counts. The born Amersfoorter finished second in the stage, behind the Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart of INEOS Grenadiers. Hindley himself came in third.
“For me Kelderman is the biggest contender for the overall victory. We will keep trying and fight to get him in the pink jersey. Hopefully we will succeed”, said Hindley.
“It’s the Giro. Anything can happen here and that’s the great thing about this race. But I have a lot of respect for Almeida and how he rides so far”, continued Hindley, who has many big names from the top of the standings from the wheel drove. “That is of course very cool. I am quite proud of that.”
Tao Geoghegan Hart won the fifteenth stage, ahead of Wilco Kelderman. (Photo: ANP)
Kelderman: ‘Actually only had to follow teammates’
Kelderman praised his teammates at Sunweb after the ride. The Dutchman was always in Hindley’s wheel on the final climb and saw how many competitors, including Almeida, lost time.
“We have been at the front all day and were very strong. I really only had to follow my teammates,” said a satisfied Kelderman, who remains second in the standings.
“It was crazy what they have done for me today, especially Hindley, but actually everyone in the team “, said Kelderman.” We only miss the pink jersey, but I am very happy with today.
Monday the riders have a rest day. The Giro d’Italia continues on Tuesday with a hilly stage over 229 kilometers from Udine to San Daniele del Friuli.
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