|Nairo Quintana, 2nd place, winner Tom Dumoulin, of Denmark and third place finisher Italian Vincenzo Nibali|
Sure, Quintana might have ridden more aggressively in the mountain stages and possibly built up the more than a minute's lead going into today's time trial which he needed to hold off Dumoulin. But such risky, aggressive riding might also have lost it all for Quintana, keeping him off of the podium altogether. Yesterday, after all, the guys at the Telegraph newspaper's Cycling podcast speculated that other contenders could keep Quintana off of the podium altogether.
As it is, Quintana now adds a second place finish to his 2014 victory in the Giro, his victory in the
And Quintana was not the only Colombian to excel in this year's Giro. Sprinter Alejandro Gaviria won four stages and was the overall points leader.
Quintana is the leader of a generation of young Colombian cyclists who are making their homeland one of the world's great cycling nations.
|The Giro d'Italia's Final Classification.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours