Chris Froome crossed the line safely in Madrid to secure his first Vuelta a Espana victory and claim a historic Tour-Vuelta double.
I've been fighting for this victory now for six years and three years I've been standing on the second step. It's just amazing to stand on the top step this time.
He said: "It's just an incredible feeling. I'm still coming to terms with everything. It's just been such a whirlwind and it's been such an incredible journey. Just the fact that nobody has ever won the Tour and then won the Vuelta afterwards, it's incredible to have been able to do it. Obviously I didn't do it alone, it was thanks to an amazing team behind me and thanks to so much support from everyone - from the fans, from my family and friends. It's just been an amazing few months and I want to thank everyone who has contributed to that.
"I've been fighting for this victory now for six years and three years I've been standing on the second step. It's just amazing to stand on the top step this time."
Froome also expanded on a battling run into Madrid which saw him fight to keep hold of his points jersey.
He explained: "Today in the final I figured this would probably be the only time in my life to try and win the green jersey of a Grand Tour, so I gave it everything I had and managed to get a few points at the finish there. Obviously I couldn't be happier with the result. I'm just a biker racer and of course if there's a competition to be won I'm going to go for it."
1. Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) 3:06:25
2. Lorrenzo Manzin (FDJ) s.t.
3. Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb)
4. Tom van Asbroeck (Cannondale-Drapac)
5. Ivan Garcia (Bahrain Merida)
11. Chris Froome (Team Sky)
1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 82:30:02
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) +2:15"
3. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) +2:51"
4. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +3:15"
5. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) +3:18"
6. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +6:59"