Telephone squad completes excellent 2017 Giro – two stage wins, historic first team GC (making them sixth organisation ever to complete the Grand Tour treble) – yet comes just short to claiming the final Maglia Rosa as Tom Dumoulin (SUN) bests Nairo over final TT from Monza to Milan
Nairo Quintana came just 31 seconds short to winning the 100th Giro d’Italia and claiming what would have been his second overall success in the first Grand Tour of the season. The Colombian and his Movistar Team, holders of the pink jersey for three days and true fighters all over the race – especially into the final week – to make up the distance which Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (SUN) had gained over all of his rivals into the first time trial in Foligno, saw the 53-second advantage the ‘Cóndor’ held before the 29.3km ITT showdown from Monza to Milan vanishing at the last day of racing.
Quintana, whose 27th place in the time trial -1’39” behind the winner- was enough to share the podium at Milan’s Duomo cathedral with Dumoulin (1st) and Vincenzo Nibali (TBM, 3rd), gave everything to pay back an extraordinary Movistar Team for their efforts, all nine riders completing a flawless race with all-around strong performances. Amador, Anacona, Bennati, De La Parte, Herrada, Rojas, Sutherland and Gorka Izagirre (author of the Blues’ first stage win in Peschici, a streak Quintana extended with his ‘tappa e maglia’ atop the Blockhaus) took care of their leader as no other team could have done this month.
The Spanish outfit also accomplished a milestone feat in their four-decade history: winning a first team GC in the Giro and completing a treble of Grand Tours alongside the Tour and the Vuelta all already obtained in Movistar colours; the last three (VCE, ’15; TDF, ’16; GDI, ’17) in barely 20 months- which only five other teams in history have been able to claim.