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Giro d'Italia: On the Scene in Milano for Stage 21

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A moment of exultation for Contador in front of Milano's Duomo marked the end of a beautiful, tragic, controversial Giro.

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Milano's magnificent Duomo was the backdrop for the finale of this year's Giro.

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After crossing the finish line, the riders rode down a tifosi-lined corridor to the podium stage.

 

Rujano

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Rodriguez

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Gadret

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Nibali

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Scarponi

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Contador waived to the tifosi all the way down the corridor.

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After dropping his bike on the stage, Contador walked out onto the catwalk in front of the Duomo to enjoy his first moments as 2011 Giro champion.

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In the podium ceremony, after spraying the champagne, Millar cracked the podium girls up by emptying the bottle over his head.

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As he had in 2008, Contador looked overjoyed to receive the final maglia rosa of this year's Giro.

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At the presentation of the podium finishers, Contador exchanged a friendly handshake with Nibali, but seemed much chummier with his former teammate, Scarponi.

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Nibali fired the first shot in the champagne fight, but Contador was quick to counter, after which it was a free-for-all.

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Contador didn't seem to mind gettting his new maglia rosa all wet.  He's got plenty to spare, after all.

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Out on the catwalk, the podium finishers showed off their trophies for the tifosi.

 

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And that's a wrap.

 

Susie Hartigan for Podium Cafe