Young Andy Schleck of CSC could hardly believe that he had not only won the best young rider's jersey in the Giro d'Italia but also finished second overall, only 1'55" behind winner Danilo Di Luca.
"It hasn't quite sunk in yet just how big this is. I was training towards the Giro hoping to just be able to make it to the end of my first Grand Tour, but after my eighth place in the Tour de Romandie I realized that I might actually be able to get some good results," the 21 year-old said on his team's web site, team-csc.com.
"But an overall second place was more than I'd dreamt of for sure. I'm totally happy and I'd like to thank everyone on and around the team for their support. They're all part of this," he added.
"Now I'm gonna revel in the excitement for a while until I come back down to earth again. I'd really like some time to enjoy this."