Eurosport expert and former star sprinter Robbie McEwen believes Jai Hindley has the potential to take the GC. Jai Hindley won the Giro d'Italia this May, and he is part of the Bora–Hansgrohe lineup in Vuelta a Espana.
McEwen feels there is enough gap between Giro and La Vuelta to recover and train but the same cannot be said for Tour de France and La Vuelta, “I really think he can deliver. I think the combination this year in terms of riding Grand Tours is really achievable if it's the Giro d'Italia followed by the Vuelta, Giro then Tour de France or Tour then Vuelta not so much,” said McEwen.
He supported his argument with his statement, “If you look at the way the Giro was raced every day was just incredibly aggressive, then the Tour was that times two, it was just nuts. Anybody who finished the Tour de France and then hopes to ride GC at the Vuelta, good luck to them!”
Hindley took the leader jersey in the second last stage of the Giro and defended it in the last stage, McEwen thinks this strategy should be used in Vuelta a Espana also “The best recipe for Jai will probably be similar to the one at the Giro. Take the jersey really late and then just defend it for a day. I think it would be foolish to try and blow up a team like Ineos and flush out their leader early on, you could just end up seeing yourself undone,” concluded McEwen.