Tadej Pogacar can hardly believe that he has won the Tour de France as a debutant.
The Slovenian took over the yellow jersey from his fellow countryman Primoz Roglic on Saturday after a spectacular time trial and experienced a triumphal march to Paris on Sunday.
Pogacar relieves Egan Bernal as the youngest post-war winner of the Tour de France.
The UAE Team Emirates rider will turn 22 on Monday.
"I don't attach much value to birthdays", said Pogacar right after the finish.
"But this is the best birthday present imaginable."
Although Pogacar broke through last year with a handsome third place in the Vuelta a España, he initially did not see himself as one of the favorites for the overall victory.
"If I had finished second or last, I would have enjoyed finishing the Tour de France."
Pogacar, who was congratulated by the dethroned Roglic immediately after his power grab on Saturday, has the feeling that his colleagues in the peloton give him the victory.
"Almost everyone came to congratulate me. It was a very special day. Finally I also had time to talk to my teammates on the bike."
Pogacar was not only allowed to pick up the yellow jersey at the ceremony on the Champs-Élysées.
He also won the polka dot jersey for best climber and the white jersey for best youngster.
The green for the sprint classification goes to Irishman Sam Bennett, who won the final stage in Paris on Sunday.
See also: Pogacar secures overall Tour victory, Bennett wins on Champs-Élysées