Chris Froome became the first Briton to win the Giro d'Italia

“For any cyclist this is the dream to have all three leaders jerseys in the space of 10 months,” Froome said.

“To have finally won this race, I can’t quite believe it myself.”

Froome’s victory comes as he awaits a doping verdict that could force another rewriting of the record books.

Froome admitted that victory was “unlikely” after losing time on the leaders in stage nine. According to Team Sky boss David Brailsford, the Briton came close to abandoning the race altogether ( ).

Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 21 results

1. Sam Bennett (Ire/BORA) 2hrs 50mins 49secs

2. Elia Viviani (Ita/Quick-Step) Same time

3. Jempy Drucker (Lux/BMC)

4. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel/Katusha)

5. Manuel Belletti (Ital/Androni)

6. Sacha Modolo (Ita/EF)

7. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ital/Merida)

8. Clement Venturini (Fra/AG2R)

9. Paolo Simion (Ita/Bardiani)

10. Fabio Sabatini (Ita/Quick-Step)

Giro d’Italia 2018 Overall standings:

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 86hrs 11mins 50secs

2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Team Sunweb) +46secs

3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) +4mins 57secs

4. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Movistar Team) +5mins 44secs

5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +8mins 3secs

6. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana Pro Team) +11mins 50secs

7. Patrick Konrad (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe) +13mins 01secs

8. George Bennett (Nzl/Team Lotto NL-Jumbo) +13mins 17secs

9. Sam Oomen (Ned/Team Sunweb) +14mins 18secs

10.Davide Formolo (Ita/Bora) +15mins 16secs