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Jai Hindley heads to the Tour de France with high hopes of challenging for the general classification and looks to be in with a shout of making the podium.

The 2023 Tour de France gets underway on Saturday 1st July and the battle for the yellow jersey looks to be a two-cyclist race between Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar.

Vingegaard won the 2022 Tour de France and is priced at 2.00 to retain his crown, while two-time winner Pogacar can be backed at 2.20.

However, nothing in a three-week grand tour is certain and Hindley looks to be the best of the rest and will be ready to strike if the top dogs falter.

Hindley has already shown he has what it takes to win a grand tour, but what else do we know about the rider from Western Australia?

NameJai Hindley
Date of birth5th May, 1996
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
Current teamBora-Hansgrohe
Odds15.00 to win Tour de France

Professional Teams

Hindley currently rides for the German team Bora-Hansgrohe, who will throw all their support behind him during the Tour de France.

However, he got his first chance in the professional ranks with Attaque Team Gusto in 2016, before joining Australia team Mitchelton Scott in 2017.

But it was in 2018, when Hindley joined Team Sunweb, that his career really started to take off.

After four successful seasons with Sunweb, he felt it was time for a change and opted to join Bora, who have taken him to yet another level.

Giro d'Italia success

It was while with Sunweb that Hindley made the cycling world stand up and take notice when finishing second at the 2020 Giro d’Italia.

The Australian showed what an outstanding climber he is when winning Stage 18, which was the ‘Queen Stage’ of the 2020 Giro, crossing the infamous Stelvio Pass.

Heading into the final stage, Hindley was level with Tao Geoghegan Hart, but was 39 seconds slower than the Englishman on the Individual Time Trial and had to settle for second.

The loss was a huge blow for Hindley, but he was to get another chance in 2022, this time while racing for Bora, and he grabbed it with both hands.

Hindley had already won Stage 9 of the Giro and heading into the third week was second behind Ineos rider, and hot fancy, Richard Carapaz.

Then, on Stage 19 Hindley dropped Carapaz and the rest of the general classification contenders to open up a healthy lead heading into the final stage.

Again it was an individual time trial and this time there was no mistake as Hindley put in a strong ride to get the job done.

The victory also meant that Hindley became just the second Australian to win a grand tour. The first being Cadel Evans, who won the 2011 Tour de France.

Now all focus will turn to Hindley’s chances of matching Evans by winning the 2023 edition. But he has two major hurdles, Vingegaard and Pogacar, standing in his way.

Tour de France hopes

Outside of Vingegaard and Pogacar, Hindley is being tipped as the best of the rest and is priced at 15.00 to go on and win the Tour de France.

Hindley already has one grand tour under his belt when winning the Giro d’Italia in 2022 and now makes the step up to the Tour de France.

Making the podium would be seen as a huge success for the Western Australian, but he should be ready to pounce if anything should happen to the two hot fancies.

Hindley has proven he can mix it with the best and finished fourth at the Criterium du Dauphine, which is the traditional lead-up race to the Tour de France.

Not only that, Hindley will have the support of a very strong looking Bora Hansgrohe team, who will look after him and protect him throughout the three-week tour.

Hindley is in with a great shout of finishing on the podium and can be backed at 3.00 to finish in the top three.

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