He came as favourite and he conquered, but Nairo Quintana’s Giro d’Italia victory was about so much more than that.
The Colombian’s grit and resilience and the extraordinary climbing skills of the Movistar man made it a performance to remember over the three weeks.
As a spectacle, the 97th edition of the Giro d’Italia certainly delivered – crashes, controversy and extraordinary riding aplenty.
But with the first Grand Tour of the year now done and dusted, where does it leave us?
Read our final five observations on this year’s ‘Fight for Pink’ over the following pages.