Giro d'Italia; On the scene in Verona for Stage 21

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Ivan Basso and his trophy glistened in the sunlight at the Arena of Verona, a beautiful finale to a fantastic Giro.

 

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Gilberto Simoni closed out his career to the cheers of the tifosi in the fittingly grand setting of the Arena of Verona.

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After a brief interview on the stage, Gibo rode back up the runway to greet his family.

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Basso's two children greeted him with open arms as he rode onto the Arena stage.

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Stage winner Gustav Erik Larsson on the podium

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Basso brought Domitilla and Santiago back out for the podium ceremony.

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Basso was thrilled to get the final maglia rosa, but Santiago seemed more excited about the stuffed toy.

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David Arroyo's son was another cutie.

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The top three on the podium

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I think Arroyo's little son got a bit bored as the podium ceremony dragged on, but Santiago was having a high old time.

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The Liquigas team came onto the stage to applaud Basso when he got the trophy, then celebrated with him.

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Matt Lloyd once again looked overjoyed with his hard-fought maglia verde.

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Coming on stage to receive a career recognition award, Simoni wasn't about to be out-cute-babied by the likes of Ivan Basso.

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La famiglia Simoni

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The final press conference included the stage winner and the holders of all four jerseys.

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And that's a wrap.

Time to start planning next year's trip!

 

Susie Hartigan for Podium Cafe

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