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Gallery: The best images from the Giro d'Italia

Joe Robinson
29 May 2018

A race that produced fireworks until the very end, here are some of the race's defining images

This time last week, the 2018 Giro d'Italia was gearing up for a 34km time trial that many thought would be the defining moment in the race. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had dominated for two weeks holding a 2:11 lead over Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb).

At 4:52 adrift, Chris Froome (Team Sky) sat in seventh overall while Thibaut Pinot sat just 9 seconds off of a podium place.

Fast forward a week and Froome is the champion of the 101st Giro d'Italia, having made a miraculous resurgence on the slopes of the Colle delle Finestre.

Yates finished the race 21st overall, 1 hour 15 mintues down after emphatically exploding on the same stage.

Pinot has a DNF chalked against his name after being carted off to hospital at the summit of Cervinia with exhaustion while Dumoulin was the only one to stay as-was, finishing 46 seconds down on a second consecutive pink jersey.

The last week of racing at this year's Giro was among some of the most entertaining in the modern era and regardless of your opinion of those involved will go down as a vintage edition of the stage race. 

Froome now joins Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx as the third rider to hold all three Grand Tours at once. He also becomes the seventh rider to win all three Grand Tours. Only Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) in the current peloton holds this accolade.

Froome's phoenix-like resurgence has left a bitter taste in the mouth of those claiming he shouldn't have been present due to the ongoing investigation into an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol while others have simply doffed their caps to some exciting racing.

So to mark this spectacular week of racing that saw incredible highs and lows, we have put together a gallery of the best images for you to relive this incredible race.