Jai Hindley was the leader of BORA - hansgrohe throughout the past few years but that will not be the case in 2024. The Australian will team up with Primoz Roglic next season and he knows the team will have to step up.
"That’s pretty exciting, it’s a massive signing for the team and he’s one of the best riders in the world and he’s shown that year after year. I think he’s world-class and when a guy like this comes to a team everyone has to step up, so I think for the team it is a good thing," Hindley told GCN.
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The 2022 Giro d'Italia winner could well see himself as a domestique for the Slovenian, specially if the team fully focus on the Tour de France - which is likely the Slovenian's main objective for next season. However with no routes announced yet, Hindley doesn't yet know what the plan will be for the coming year. "I’m not sure how we are going to do it with the team, we have to wait for both the Giro and Tour course to be announced..."
"Everyone heard the rumours and I was informed just before the team made the announcement. So it’s all good." After winning several big races, including the Giro d'Italia this year, BORA will likely find themselves in a better position to contest for the overall victory in France next summer.
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This July Hindley benefited from a first-week breakaway to take a stage win and yellow jersey on the first mountain stage. He only managed to finish seventh however as a crash disrupted his race. “It was up and down a bit, not my best season ever, to be honest. The big goal of the year was the Tour and I put everything into that."
"I had a stage win and a day with the yellow jersey and that was super nice, but in terms of GC it wasn’t really how I wanted to be, but that’s life, you need to keep going," he concluded.