April 19, 2018
Chris Froome seals historic Giro win in Rome, Sam Bennett holds off Viviani for Stage
Stage 21: Roma - Roma, 115km
Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the final stage in Rome, pushing Elia Viviani (Quick-Step) into second spot with Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC) third. Sky's Chris Froome arrived several minutes later with his teammates to celebrate a first win at the Giro by a Briton.
The times were neutralized after three laps to ensure a safe race so the sprinters could put on a great show while Chris Froome and the other GC contenders were able to enjoy the great atmosphere of the Eternal City. The leader of Team Sky became the first Briton to win the Giro d’Italia and the third rider to make the grand slam with three Grand Tours victories in a row. Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and best young rider Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) rounded out the final podium.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the Giro winner Chris Froome said: “It's great to soak up the atmosphere here in Rome. I was surely not disappointed by the crowd and the monuments. I need a bit of time to reflect but this race has been incredible. For any cyclist, it's a dream to have all three Grand Tour leader's jerseys. I'm still pinching myself. I can't believe I'm here in the Maglia Rosa.”
The new champion went onto say, “After we started racing on the circuit, many riders came to me to find a solution to make the race safer. It’s been a fantastic event. It still came down to a bunch sprint with Sam Bennett and Elia [Viviani] fighting, that’s what everyone wanted to see this evening. The atmosphere was fantastic, you could see how much it meant for the fans to have the Giro finishing in Rome. A week ago, I didn’t believe that I’d be here in the Maglia Rosa. To recover more than three minutes, it had been done before but it seemed unlikely. Stage 19 with the Colle delle Finestre was the moment the race turned around for me. This is in my mind what bike racing is about. I’d like to dedicate this victory to my wife and the daughter we’re expecting at the beginning of August.”
The stage winner Sam Bennett said: “I don't know how I managed to beat Elia Viviani. I suffered so much over the past few days in the mountains. But my team did a fantastic job to bring the last breakaway back today. It's fantastic to have won three stages in the Giro but I'll have to get up tomorrow and focus on further goals, possibly the Irish championship as I'd love to show the national colours on the world stage.”
Race Results - Stage 21 and Final GC