"The Giro ends only in Turin" - he said - and he was right.
Vincenzo Nibali won the 99th edition of the Giro d'Italia with a comeback that will remain in the history of cycling.
The Italian champion, at his fourth Grand Tour victory, said: "It's been an extremely difficult tour but there is great joy now".
"The hardest day was the uphill time trial, it did not go as I wanted, the feelings were not great."
"In the last week I started to feel better and now I'm at the top of the GC. To be here with all my family is amazing and it's hard to express everything that I'm feeling. "
Nibali won his second Giro d'Italia by 52 seconds ahead of the Colombian Esteban Chaves and 1:17 on the Spanish Alejandro Valverde.
Astana Pro Team also won the team general classification.