fi'zi:k's Quintana settles for second at the Giro

Giro d’Italia with fi’zi:k – final report

The thrilling final stage of arguably the most exciting Giro d’Italia in living memory saw Nairo Quintana (fi’zi:k Antares 00 saddle and Movistar) finish second on GC behind Tom Dumoulin, who became the first Dutch rider to win one of the most prestigious races in cycling.

Quintana went into the 21st and final stage dressed in the maglia rosa, but with only a 53-second advantage over TT specialist Dumoulin. Coming into Sunday’s 29.3km individual time trial from Monza to Milan, Dumoulin remained favorite to win the overall. That was despite lying in fourth behind Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and Thibaut Pinot (fi’zi:k Arione saddle and FDJ), the Frenchman nudging Dumoulin off the podium on Saturday after winning a sprint ahead of the GC favorites.

And the pundits were proved right as Dumoulin completed the time trial in 33:23mins to finish second on the day, 15 seconds behind stage winner Jos van Emden. Quintana put in a fine performance but crossed the line 1:24mins behind Dumoulin – not enough for the GC win but sufficient to hold off Nibali for second.

The Colombian’s GC performance, including victory on stage nine, plus Gorka Izaguirre’s (fi’zi:k Aliante VSX saddle) win on stage eight, did, however, help Movistar to the team prize for the first time in their illustrious history.

Movistar finished ahead of Ag2r La Mondiale in second, for whom Domenico Pozzovivo (fi’zi:k Arione saddle) gave the home crowd something to cheer about with an impressive sixth overall. Third in the team competition went to FDJ with Pinot the top-performing rider, albeit there was disappointment for the French rider after slipping off the podium into fourth on the final stage.

Quintana now turns his attention to the Tour de France, which starts in Germany on 1 July.