Three years later on Stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia, riding for the 7-Eleven Team, he launched a solo attack on the Passo Gavia in freezing rain and snow. His brakes froze. The dérailleurs iced up. Minimal braking, no shifting. He was overtaken at the end, but placing second launched him into the Giro lead and he became an Italian hero forever. Riding to school in the snow of Grand Forks, North Dakota served him well. He is still the only non-European to win the Giro d'Italia. Not even Mr. LeMond nor Mr. Armstrong.
I like, "Please send my my pots and pans from Texas." He must have sensed he was going to make it over there.