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Quintana took the pink jersey by winning the grueling 16th stage over the Gavia and Stelvio climbs then also took the 19th leg, a mountain time trial.
Former winner Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria Omega Seamaster Gold Plated finished ninth for the Garmin Sharp team, 13:35 behind Quintana.
Dressed entirely in pink, Quintana finished safely in the middle of the pack and pumped his fist as he crossed the line then hugged his teammates when he got off his bike.
"We need to look at our plans carefully," Quintana said.
Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy finished second and Tyler Farrar of the United States was third, both with the same time as Mezgec.
Quintana finished second to Chris Froome in last year's Tour. While he isn't planning to enter the French race this year, he has designs on winning it next year.
"It couldn't be a better day than this. We're close to Slovenia," Mezgec said.
"The team did a great race we had a rough start but we came through it as a team, which makes the final result even more special," said Hesjedal.
During the playing of the Colombian anthem, Quintana held his pink clad daughter Mariana, who was born in February.
Dressed in the pink colour of the tour leader's jersey and surrounded by fans holding signs like "Nairo: all of Colombia loves and thanks you," Santos said the Quintana's victory was an inspiration to millions of Colombians.
Quintana faced controversy after the 16th stage, in which he attacked on the descent from the Stelvio then powered up the final climb in the lead. There had been some confusion over whether the descent on a wet road was going to be neutralized but race officials declared afterward that his victory was legitimate.
Slovenia's Luca Mezgec won the final stage in a mass sprint. The Giant Shimano rider clocked 4 hours, 23 minutes, 58 seconds over the mostly flat 172 kilometre (107 mile) leg from Gemona del Friuli to Trieste, which concluded with eight laps of a city circuit.
Fabio Aru, a 23 year old Italian who is also considered a top rider for the future, finished third overall, 4:04 back.
7 second advantage over fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran for his first Grand Tour victory. Italy's Fabio Aru finished third overall, 4:04 back. (AP Photo/Fabio Ferrari)
"It's really emotional," Quintana said. "I didn't think there would be so many Colombians here today. It was incredible seeing how much support and how many banners there were."
Colombia's Nairo Quintana celebrates on the podium after winning the Giro D'italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Trieste, Italy, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Nairo Quintana confirmed himself as cycling's next star by winning the Giro d'Italia on Sunday to follow his runner up finish in last year's Tour de France. The 24 year old climbing specialist with the Movistar team won two stages and finished with a 3 minute, Omega Speedmaster Co Axial Chronometer Price
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to Quintana's hometown of Combita to watch the final stage with dozens of friends and neighbours of the cyclist, who was raised in the high Andean town of 16,000 by a family of peasant farmers.
Quintana is the first Colombian to win the race and with Uran, it was a sweep of the top two spots. Another Colombian, Julian Arredondo, won the mountains classification.
One such banner held aloft during the podium celebration with the Colombian flag on it read, "The Giro is ours. Gracias muchachos."
with the Movistar team won two stages and finished with a 2 minute, 58 second advantage over fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran for his first Grand Tour victory.
Colombia's Nairo Quintana confirms himself as cycling's next star by winning the Giro d'Italia
"I can finally say I've won the Giro," Quintana said. "I have to thank my teammates and my family here supporting me."
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