Texas A&M graduate Chad Haga won the 21st and final stage of the Giro d’Italia 2019 on Sunday.
Haga covered the 17-kilometer (10.5-mile) route in 22 minutes, 7 seconds, edging Belgium’s Victor Campanaerts by 4 seconds. It was the first stage victory for Haga, who was the first Aggie to compete in the Tour de France. He’s also the first American to win a Grand Tour time trial since 2012.
Haga told his wife not to come to the race.
“Maybe that was a mistake,” the Team Sunweb cyclist said. “This is for everyone who believed in me and supported me and sacrificed for me. I gave everything today and to finally win, it’s very special.”
Haga thought about quitting the sport after he and five Team Giant-Alpecin teammates were hit by a car while training in Calpe, Spain, in January 2016.