Bruges, September 19, 2021 – Last week the joke within the walls of friends Trento in European Cycling Championships 2021, when it was to win the test against time Stefan Kung |: today Filippo Ganna he takes everything back with interest, confirming himself as world champion of time trials at the expense of the home idols Wout Van Aert e Remco Evenepoel, respectively second and third on the first day of 2021 Cycling World Championships in Belgium. A double satisfaction, as Ganna himself revealed at the end of the race: “We were all the best in the race, I have great respect for every opponent, but winning at the Belgians is really special”.
In addition to the sporting bitterness for the non-victories of the home idols (who will still be the favorites in next Sunday’s online test), the meeting in Fiandre it began with the pain, the real one, for the disappearance of the former runner (now commentator) Chris Anker Sorensen: a tragedy that did not prevent the regular performance of the time trial, won by Top Ganna thanks to a time of 47’47” matured with a growing performance also to disprove his alleged difficulties in races with such an important mileage.
The first interesting half is that of Matteo Sobrero (Italy), which reports a 50’53’‘: does much better Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) thanks to his 48’31” which soon projects him at the top of the provisional standings. It employs instead 49’36” Edoardo Affini (Italy), but the blue spotlights are all on Filippo Ganna (Italy): the defending champion accuses at the first intermediate stage 6” of delay from a stratospheric Wout Van Aert (Belgium). The latter closes in 47’53”: not enough time to tick it off Ganna, which employs 5” less and the holder of the world title is confirmed.
Order of arrival time trial for men elite
1) Filippo Ganna (ITA) in 47’47 ”
2) Wout Van Aert (BEL) +5”
3) Remco Evenepoel (BEL) +43”
4) Kasper Asgreen (DEN) +45 ”
5) Stefan Kung (SUI) +1’06 ”
6) Tony Martin (GER) +1’17”
7) Stefan Bissegger (SUI) + 1’25 ”
8) Ethan Hayer (GBR) +1’26”
9) Edoardo Affini (ITA) + 1’48 ”
10) Tadej Pogacar (SLO) + 1’52 ”
The compliments of Palazzo Chigi
To celebrate the success of the Piedmontese cyclist too Palazzo Chigi with a tweet: “The Road Cycling World Championships get off to a good start with the time trial victory of Filippo Ganna who confirms himself as the fastest man in the world after an exciting race. Bravo! Congratulations to our Federciclismo # Flanders2021”.
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