2012 Giro d'Italia Photos - Stage 21

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Marco Pinotti (BMC Racing) on his way to winning the Stage 21 Time Trial in Milano
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Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil) followed his epic ride up Stelvio on Stage 20 with a strong 5th place finish in the Stage 21 TT.  The result moved De Gendt onto the Giro final podium in third place.
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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) took risks on the course ("I had to" he said post-race) and it paid off with a 6th place finish in the TT but more importantly overall victory in the 2012 Giro d'Italia by just 16 seconds.
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Race leader Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) gave it everything but his 26th place finish at 1:56 from the winning time wasn't good enough.  He dropped to second place behind overall winner Hesjedal.
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Stage 21 winner Marco Pinotti (BMC) on the podium
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Pinotti and podium girls
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"Purito" Rodriguez and kids on the podium.  It has been a career year for Rodriguez who won the Fleche Wallonne classic in April and stages in the Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of the Basque Country and Giro d'Italia.  He also takes home the Giro red jersey as leader in the points classification.  The kids look mighty proud and they should be.
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He's done it.  Ryder Hesjedal has taken back the pink jersey when it matters most, at the end of the race.  Hesjedal is not only the first Canadian to win the Tour of Italy, he is the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour period.
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Hesjedal points to his sponsor logos on his maglia rosa
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Hesjedal and podium girls
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Rodriguez (second), Hesjedal (first) and De Gendt (third) on the final podium
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Hesjedal holds his Giro victory trophy
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Hesjedal waves the flag of Canada, attached to a hockey stick!
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Ryder Hesjedal, 2012 Giro d'Italia champion, Milan
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