Giro d’Italia: Stage 20 finish line quotes

Chris Froome (Team Sky) – overall leader

“There were obviously attacks I had to follow in the final there, but I felt very much in control. No one really had the extra legs to go anywhere. This Giro has been brutal, absolutely brutal. I mean the someone tends to have abad day here, it’s not just matter of 30 seconds or one minute. It’s 10-15 minutes, so It’s just a brutal race, and you can see today Thibaut Pinot was in trouble so Astana turned the screws and took advantage of the situation. The race for us was just to follow and to obviously keep an eye on Tom. [I sprinted] just t stay in front, and obviously there were mountain points also at the finish. I have the mountain jersey at the moment. It was just to keep in front of everything.”

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) – runner-up to Chris Froome

“I tried everything I could, and Froome was better. No regrets, no , nothing. I’m super proud of the team, of myself. This is what it is, second. I was just tired today and I wasn’t sure if I would have the legs to try, but I would always regret it if I didn’t so I just tried everything I had, and that’s it.

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“I give my thanks to all me teammates. They’ve been fantastic. I’m very happy to return the favour to Sam over these final kilometres. I’m super happy with my performance, and I’m super happy with the team’s performance as well. We didn’t really make too many mistakes out there. It was really, really good.”

Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) – stage 20 winner

“A perfect day, the day I dreamed about. I’m really happy, also for the team after yesterday. It couldn’t be a better day for me, and now we have to enjoy the Giro we’ve done. With four stage wins, it’s been a really good Giro for us. For me, it’s important. I won for the first time in 2011 and after seven years to win again is very important for me, to be up there still. I’m very happy.”

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) – third overall

“It was a huge huge day. We went with the whole team and we went all out. The team was amazing today, they did such a good job all day, they sacrificed themselves, setting such a strong tempo. I really have to thank the whole team, especially Luis Leon Sanchez, who is like a brother to me.

Sergio Henao (Team Sky) – teammate to Chris Froome

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) – fourth overall

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