Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart from Team Ineos won the Giro d’Italia on Sunday ahead of Australian rival Jai Hindley after the final stage race against the clock.
Geoghegan Hart had been at the same time as Hindley entered the final 21st stage, but finished 38 seconds ahead of the Team Sunweb rider.
“It will take a long time to sink,” said the Londoner. “He kept giving me a few seconds and I did not know to take any risk.”
“It feels incredible to arrive here in front of the Duomo,” Geoghegan Hart said.
World champion Filippo Ganna from Italy was first in the 15.7 km long trial period that ended in front of Milan Cathedral.
Geoghegan Hart won Saturday’s 20th stage and edged Hindley, where for the first time in a Grand Tour two riders went head-to-head for the title in the final time trial.
But the excitement did not last until the line with Hindley, wearing the pink jersey, dropped 22 seconds in the intermediate stage after 10.3 km.
The 24-year-old will still be the first Australian on the Giro Podium.
Geogeghan Hart, 25, is the second British rider to win the race around Italy, two years after Chris Froome.
None of the riders had been their team leader when the race started in Sicily three weeks ago. Ineos lost Geraint Thomas to a broken pelvis in phase four.
The victory was a boost for Ineos, who had a disappointing Tour de France with defending champion Egan Bernal retiring, while Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz did not defend his Giro d’Italia title but competed in the Vuelta a Espana.