Dutch triumph in Milan: closing time trial to Van Emden, Dumoulin wins Giro100 overall.
The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, carrying the tagline “Amore Infinito” (endless love), crowned a Dutchman for the first time ever as Tom Dumoulin outclassed Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and Thibaut Pinot who ended up ranked in that order after the thrilling individual time trial from Monza to Milan. Today’s final stage was also won by a Dutchman: Jos van Emden.
1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
2 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) at 31″
3 – Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain – Merida) at 40″
4 – Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at 1’17”
5 – Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) at 1’56”
The Maglia Rosa, winner of the 100th Giro d’Italia, Tom Dumoulin said: “When I crossed the finish line, everyone congratulated me. I was celebrating my victory but in the tent, I saw there were only three seconds difference between Nairo Quintana and myself. I became angry with everyone who congratulated me. I was super nervous. I’ve had the most nervous moments of my whole life.
“You’re never sure of winning, you always doubt. I think everybody does. I wasn’t really nervous at breakfast. I was happy with my night before this time trial considering the stress. The recce was good, I had a mattress to relax on at the back of the bus. At lunch I was nervous, my metabolism was really high in the bus. But I could always stay focused. I’ve done a lot of TTs under pressure before. That experience paid a lot today.
“I’m not the first TT rider who can do well in the mountains. Miguel Indurain is five steps ahead of me. There are guys like Bradley Wiggins, but I don’t want to compare myself to anyone. It’s just an amazing day. I’m really happy. I was never a bad climber. I always had that in me. I never trained in the hills really when I was young. There are no long climbs around Maastricht. But now I do more training camps in the mountains, in Tenerife and Sierra Nevada. I’ve also made a switch mentally. I suffer more now. I didn’t lose much weight, I’m maybe two kilos lighter than I was three years ago.
Everything was very quick after the finish so I can’t realize what’s happening in the Netherlands now, but I will always stay the same person. Maybe people will approach me differently, but I really hope I can walk around in Maastricht without being treated like a superhero. I can ride my bike fast but I also want to keep having a normal life. It’s amazing when you see all the names on the [endless] trophy. It’s an honor to be part of this long list of champions. I don’t feel myself like a champion, but I almost feel like it when I see my name on the trophy. It’s very special. Jan Janssen was the first Dutchman to win the Tour and the Vuelta, I’m the first Dutchman to win the Giro. I hope for more in the future but for now I’m just happy to be here. The Giro victory is not going to change my whole life. I hope to stay the same person with the same character. I won a very special race.