China Daily (Hong Kong)

Italy’s Ganna retains world time-trial crown


Italy’s Filippo Ganna retained his time-trial crown at the world championsh­ips in Bruges on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Ineos rider defended his title by beating local favorite Wout van Aert (Jumbo) by five seconds in a carbon copy of last year’s outcome.

Another Belgian, Remco Evenepoel, took third, 43 seconds back at the end of a flat 43.3-kilometer course in the opening event of the championsh­ips in the Belgian city.

“My shape has much improved since last week,” said Ganna, who finished second to Switzerlan­d’s Stefan Kueng at the recent European championsh­ips.

“I did a small altitude training camp to defend this jersey and I hope to go looking for a third next year.”

Ganna missed out on time-trial glory at the Tokyo Olympics but led Italy to team pursuit gold.

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