The Dutchman made the most of racing in front of his home fans - which included plenty of his friends and family - by getting out in the breakaway on both of the road stages at the weekend.
Those excursions at the front of the pack earned him a couple of trips to the podium on stages two and three, leading the intermediate sprints classification after stage two and then the mountains classification on stage three.
And when he went up to the podium in Arnhem on Sunday he had two special guests accompanying him - his children, with his daughter particularly pleased with her dad pulling on the blue jersey.
"To be on the Giro d'Italia podium in my town with my children around me is a unique moment of my career, and it’s come just before it is over, too," he said
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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