Uran gracious after controversy

TRIESTE, Italy -- If Rigoberto Urán was upset with the way he lost this Giro d'Italia to Nairo Quintana, he didn't show it to reporters Sunday afternoon in Trieste.

The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider finished second in the 2014 Giro but will perhaps be remembered for how he had the pink jersey ripped from his shoulders via a downhill attack by Movistar's Quintana on the Stelvio pass.

Race organizers confused teams when attempting to neutralize the descent, announcing that riders would be slowed because of inclement weather but quickly retracting that statement. Some riders slowed and others pushed on, citing confusion and hectic conditions in the blizzard.

When the snow settled, Urán had lost the jersey to Quintana and given up more than four minutes in the overall race on the day, minutes he would never come close to taking back. His grand-tour dreams sailed away on Quintana's climbing legs, which proved daunting for everyone in the race.

On Sunday, Urán never wavered, sticking to a hard line and batting away questions about the race's final outcome. Asked about his feelings as Quintana was up the road on the now-infamous Gavia-Stelvio stage, Urán was to the point.

"It was a special day, you might say. Perhaps lacking a bit of information," he said through a translator.

Quintana didn't win the Giro by a slim margin or a margin taken solely on the Stelvio descent. But had the group gone up the Val Martello ascent together, it's unlikely he would have taken minutes from Urán, and the machinations of the race may have changed with a tighter time gap.

But Quintana was dominant in the time trial, putting another 1 minute, 26 seconds between him and Urán, roughly the same amount of time he gained on the Stelvio descent. He rode flawlessly up the Zoncolan with Urán and ended up winning the overall title by 2 minutes, 58 seconds.

Urán and third-place Fabio Aru (Astana) were both asked if Quintana deserved this grand-tour win, the first of his career. Both said he did, however briefly.

"I do think he does deserve it," Aru said. "He showed to be a better climber, a very strong climber. So I congratulate him on this win."

Urán offered a bit less.

"The same thing goes for me. I do think the same," he said. "Whoever was going to win was going to win with or without those climbs. I thought it was going to end up the way it did. Nothing more to say."

Quintana, though, seemed to take the questions over his seizing of the maglia rosa to heart.

"This is what the people wanted to see, everything you journalists asked me, I have taken it seriously," he said after he won the time trial up Cima Grappa.

After three weeks of the Giro d'Italia, most of the peloton's questions have been answered, but some will never be resolved.