Ganna claims Italy’s first world time trial crown on home soil

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

AFP- Filippo Ganna be­came Italy’s first time trial world cham­pion on Fri­day by pip­ping Bel­gium’s Wout Van Aert on home soil in Imola.

Van Aert was 26 sec­onds be­hind the 24-year-old Team Ineos rider with Switzer­land’s Ste­fan Kueng trail­ing by 29 sec­onds in third place.

For­mer Tour de France cham­pion, and Ganna’s fel­low Ineos rider, Geraint Thomas was fourth with 2019 win­ner Ro­han Den­nis in fifth.

This year’s worlds have been short­ened to four races from Thurs­day to Sun­day and moved from Switzer­land to Imola in Italy be­cause of lo­cal Covid-19 re­stric­tions.

On Thurs­day, the US’ de­fend­ing cham­pion Chloe Dygert crashed out al­low­ing the Nether­lands’ Anna van der Breggen to claim the women’s event.

Van der Breggen’s com­pa­triot An­ne­miek van Vleuten will de­fend her women’s road race ti­tle to­day, just eight days af­ter frac­tur­ing her wrist at last week’s Giro Rosa.

Filippo Ganna

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