With overall success secured, the final stage of the 2014 edition of the Giro d’Italia was merely processional for much of the day.
But, while Nairo Quintana’s first career Grand Tour triumph – one, it is expected, that will be remembered as the first of many – allowed him to celebrate on the podium, there was still one final battle for stage honours to contest.
And after suffering a number of near-misses in the last two years, Slovenia’s Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano) was quickest
to record a first Grand Tour stage win of his own fledgling career.
Relive the final stage and podium celebrations in the full-screen gallery of Stefano Sirotti’s photos below.
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Nairo Quintana and his team-mates pose for photos during the processional laps (pic: Sirotti)
Fabio Aru, Nacer Bouhanni, Nairo Quintana and Julian Arredondo parade the four jerseys (pic: Sirotti)
Red for danger
All eyes were on Nacer Bouhanni on the final stage (pic: Sirotti)
Despite being one of just two Orica-GreenEDGE riders left in the race, Svein Tuft ensured the Australian team's colours were given a good airing (pic: Sirotti)
Nairo Quintana is surrounded by his Movistar team-mates, as ever (pic: Sirotti)
Luka Mezgec beats Giacomo Nizzolo and Tyler Farrar to stage 21 victory (pic: Sirotti)
After a number of near misses both this year and last, Mezgec celebrates finally ending his hunt for a Giro stage win (pic: Sirotti)
Fabio Aru celebrates his breakthrough success, third place on the podium (pic: Sirotti)
Rigoberto Uran does not seem too disappointed with a second consecutive second place (pic: Sirotti)
Nairo Quintana starts the celebrations after sealing the first Grand Tour of his career (pic: Sirotti)
Quintana, Uran and Aru make up a podium - it could be a regular sight if all three live up to expectations
Nairo Quintana celebrates with his baby - a future Colombian climbing ace? (pic: Sirotti)
Nairo Quintana sizes up the iconic Senza Fine trophy (pic: Sirotti)
Quintana has added his name to the famous spiral trophy for the first time, how much could he now achieve? (pic: Sirotti)