The young Colombian was quick to recalibrate and put the disappointment of missing the Giro behind him. The following week, back on two wheels, his journey to the Tour began. Two months later, he had won it.
"To be honest, I don't really believe it yet," he said, speaking to TeamINEOS.com ahead of his homecoming in Colombia. "I feel the same as I did before the Tour. I think I just need a couple of days at home, staying really calm, and then I'll start to believe that I have won the Tour. I can’t process it. I have won the biggest race, but I’ll still be happy to win a small race. Right now I think that I am the same guy that started the Tour in Belgium one month ago.
"Maybe the key to winning the Tour is just trying to enjoy it. During the Tour, the media talk about pressure, pressure, pressure, but if I'd started to think about that, maybe I wouldn't have ridden the same? Maybe when I had a bad day or didn't have the best feeling, I would have started to think about the pressure.
"But throughout the Tour I knew I had prepared in the best way I could. What could I do then? Just enjoy it and ride as fast as I could. I couldn’t control what the other guys would do or how they would ride, so all I could do was my best. I knew I would do my best so I would have been happy with any result – either winning the Tour or helping G win the Tour. In the end I just knew I needed to go full gas, enjoy the race, and stay calm."