The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia wrapped up with a 29km time trial from Monza to Milan which saw Manuel Quinziato and Joey Rosskopf put in impressive rides to clock the third and fifth-fastest times respectively.
After 20 days of racing, during which time BMC Racing Team won two stages courtesy of Silvan Dillier and Tejay van Garderen, the battle for the General Classification and the last chance to win a stage came down to the final time trial in Milan.
In his last Giro d’Italia and last year as a professional rider, Italian National Time trial Champion Quinziato set out early in his tricolour time trial suit and clocked the provisional best time of 33:35.
Only stage winner Jos van Emden (Lotto-NL Jumbo) and Maglia Rosa winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) were able to better Quinziato’s time and the Italian settled for third place which satisfied his pre-race goal of a top three finish.
Joey Rosskopf showed his strength in a race against the clock by recording the provisional fourth-best time when he crossed the line in front of the famous Duomo in Milan, and eventually finished in fifth place after Dumoulin secured his Maglia Rosa with second place in the time trial.
Stage 18 winner van Garderen was BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider on the General Classification in 20th place.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I was waiting for this time trial. It was one of the goals of this Giro d’Italia for me and also one of the reasons I chose to do the Giro this year because it is my last year and it was a chance to wear the Italian National Time Trial jersey. Today, I rode the course like there would be no tomorrow. I’m pretty happy.”
“I can say I really enjoyed this Giro d’Italia. Firstly, the weather was unbelievable. I think this was the first Giro d’Italia in the history without a drop of rain. There was a really good atmosphere within the team. We had some good and bad moments. One was Silvan Dillier’s victory on stage six and the other was the victory of Tejay van Garderen in my home area. This was really great. With two stage wins, I think we can be happy. I think we planted some good seeds for the next races.”
“It was hot. It was the last day of the Giro d’Italia so I felt pretty motivated to go and push the last drops out of my body and legs. I feel more consistent at this Grand Tour for sure. With a top five result today I am super happy. Other than the time trial, I can see subtle improvements. I feel way more consistent and much fresher in the last week than I did last year, so that’s really motivating. That’s why I wanted to push it again today.”
Maximilian Sciandri, Sports Director:
“It’s been a long Giro d’Italia. A hard Giro. Like a lot of teams, we’ve had our good and bad moments. Losing Rohan Dennis who was going to explore his General Classification potential, and Ben Hermans to illness, wasn’t great. Tejay van Garderen had some bad moments in his GC pursuit, but then on the other hand we had a great moment with Silvan Dillier’s win on stage 6 and Tejay winning a fantastic stage, so we had our ups and downs.”
“Today was great. It is Manuel Quinziato’s last Giro d’Italia and with the national jersey on his shoulders he did a great race. Joey Rosskopf decided this morning he wanted to check out the course and then quietly did a great time trial. It was a nice way to end the Giro d’Italia.”