Part Three of our Giro Milano Photo Essay. Pictures from the podium and surroundings. It's the "end of the road".
The Tour of Italy finished, and the
crowd rushed to the line, gathering in front of the podium ...
… to get special salute from the race
winner, Danilo Di Luca.
The Milan sky was filled with confetti
in his honour.
Both photo cameras and cell phones got back to their picture-taking
Overall runner-up Andy Schleck
had his slice of glory too.
As much as was given his champagne
Spumante. We're in Italy after all)
bottle, and the delicate task to uncork it.
Mission accomplished. The white
can leave the podium, and smile at the camera.
Compatriots of his came all the way
from Luxembourg, proudly displaying
their national symbol, the "Roude Léiw" (Red
Lion) civil ensign.
This one flag was signed by Andy himself.
Such young gal, doing nothing to hide
her support for the CSC talent,
was wrapped in yet another Red Lion flag.
"Brontolo, ma non mollo". (I grumble,
but I don't give up).
This banner from an Andrea Noè fan was joking about his fav
"Brontolo" (Brontolone=Italian for "grumbler, complainer"). Which
happens to be
also the Italian name of Grumpy, one of the dwarfs from the classic
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ...
Leonardo Piepoli had no reason to be
He could finally wear the green King of the Mountains jersey
Milan podium, a well-earned prize for his
Giro 2007 achievements but also for his
on the hills of half of Europe.
The Flying Trullo and his trophy cup.
Gilberto Simoni's Zoncolan ride won
the Trofeo Bonacossa, the prize awarded to the rider able
to put in the
best/most daring/most inspiring attack/performance(s).
The whole Saunier-Duval celebrate
their victory in the "traditional"
time-based team classification.
Every glimpse of seriousness
disappeared soon later; fun seized power on the podium
with Iban Mayo trying to
The Spumante War continues, with
the poor girl on the left corner of the picture
doing her best to stay out of the tussle.
As much as Riccardo Riccó was
trying to keep
his Teddy Bear safe and sane inside his jersey.
Next on the podium, and more quiet
than the "red birds", were the Lampres,
winners of the point-based Trofeo Super
Marzio Bruseghin was arguably the
boy in blue and fucsia on the Giro roads
(albeit not the team's
top overall finisher).
Autographs from the smiling guy from
Veneto were coveted enough. And he didn't refrain from signing. To the delight of plenty
Last on the podium was Mikhail
His countless attacks got properly rewarded
as he won the Fuga Gilera
reserved for the "top attacker" in the race.
Good for Tinkoff. Good for the
they awarded the team a wild card
and Tinkoff paid them back
by animating more than one stage.
But few minutes after that, the
ceremony was over, and the podium was empty.
The curtain was drawn on the 90th
edition of Italy's number one bike racing event.
Our photo essay has come to an end
too. It's the Arrivo. The End of the Road.
Hope you enjoyed the gallery, and enjoyed
the race even more. SEE YA NEXT YEAR!!
Part one of this photo essay HERE.
The second and "halfway" part is available HERE.