The Colombian Nairo Quintana became the first Colombian to win the Giro d’Italia. This result after three weeks of racing starting off in Belfast, was no surprise for the bookmakers, as he started off as favourite, with the defending champion Vincenzo Nibali not involved in the tournament. However, one can argue it would have made little difference, with the Colombians dominating the race and its results, as Nairo’s teammates, Rigoberto Uran ending up second,, whilst Julian Arredondo taking the mountains classification.
Colombian riders have always been in contention as they have trained and gained their experience in Europe. Followers of these races maybe familiar with the likes of Sergio Henao from the Sky Team and Uran from the Omega Pharma-Quick Step Team.
The race was not without controversy, as there were calls for the technical manager from RCS Sport (the firm in charge of organising the Giro) to resign. There was strong sentiment that Nairo Quintana should not have gained an advantage from the situation, and the incident was on the verge of being the main focus.
But no one could take ways from Nairo’s glory as he proved once and for all who was the strongest athlete of the race, as in Stage 19 he excelled during the 26.8 km individual time trial. Here is achieved a 1min 26 second gain over Uran, and retained his 3 min 7 second lead as he finished the penultimate stage of the race.
After the race, the Colombian was jubilant and already thinking of the next triumph to come. He was quoted as saying that his ‘next goal will be to win the Tour de France one day’. Bookmakers will definitely have the rider in their sights, as Nairo already finished second in that race the first time he entered in 2013!Read more...