Italy Giro Cycling

Chad Haga of the United States celebrates on podium after winning the last stage of the Giro D'Italia cycling race, in Verona, Italy, Sunday, June 2, 2019. Richard Carapaz clinched his first Grand Tour victory as he won the Giro d'Italia and American Chad Haga was fastest on the final stage's individual time trial. Movistar rider Carapaz keeled over his handlebars with emotion inside the Arena di Verona after the 17-kilometer (10.5-mile) route. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)

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.

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