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Three times the charm for Selle Italia-Colombia

With three superb stage wins, the mountains classification and most likely third place overall, Selle Italia-Colombia has proven itself more than worthy of its place at the Giro, and can go home satisfied with its best ever performances.

"I am very happy with this result; I dedicate this victory to all my family and to all Venezuelans," said Josè Rujano.

Added direttore sportivo Gianni Savio: "With the pace set by Di Luca and Simoni on the Colle della Finestre, it was impossible to attack; Marco Bellini and I therefore decided that Rujano should not pull [turns], and wait for the final climb of Sestriere, where we would show our cards.

"I am very happy with this Giro and my boys have legitimised our invitation from the organisers. The podium place of Rujano has made history for us and for all of South American cycling. Another thing that has made me enormously happy and enthusiastic is the people that have showed [their affection] to us in these days, for creating a spectacle on the climbs, winning three beautiful stages of the Giro d'Italia."

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