After the European Championship, the Azzurri are aiming for gold but the competition is strong. Three men and three women along 44 km, the girls will be decisive
Speaking for everyone is Marco Villa, track technician but also directly involved in the men’s time trial sector. “Yes, we’re aiming for the title. We believe it.” All are Filippo Ganna, Edoardo Affini, Matteo Sobrero, but also Elisa Longo Borghini, Elena Cecchini and Marta Cavalli. At the World Cup in Belgium today it’s up to the mixed chronograph: Italy won European gold two weeks ago in Trento. The coach Dino Salvoldi confirmed the women, among the related men – ninth Sunday in the individual test triumphantly won by Ganna – replaces Alessandro De Marchi. Italy will start next to last at 3.49 pm, three minutes before Holland. Yesterday the traditional reconnaissance.
In the world championship, it is the second time for this competition that at Harrogate 2019 (because it was not disputed at Imola 2020) gave us a disappointment. Viviani, Martinelli, Affini, Cecchini, Guderzo and Longo Borghini were in the running for silver behind the Netherlands, but they paid for a puncture from Longo Borghini at a key moment and lost the bronze by 4 ”62. Ganna will close the world experience – tomorrow he will be in Rome with the Tokyo medalists for the institutional meetings – and he is keen to drag his teammates as he usually does on the track with the quartet. The men leave first, who at the arrival of Bruges, after 22 km, will “change” with the women. The final time will be taken on the second cyclist at the finish. The mission compared to the European Championship is more complicated: 13 Nations at the start against 8, with Switzerland. Very competitive Netherlands and Germany. The new position in the middle of the world championship week attracted a few more champions. For example, Switzerland ranks Küng and Bissegger in addition to Reusser (individual silver); Holland is very strong with women (Van Dijk and Van Vleuten, gold and bronze in the individual); Belgium is not betting on Van Aert and Evenepoel, eagerly awaited on Sunday, but presents the record holder of the Ora Campenaerts. For Germany Tony Martin – 4 times world champion – is in the last race of his career.
Coach Cassani has also arrived in Belgium, the road drivers headed by Colbrelli and Trentin will disembark tonight. While, returning to today’s time trial, there could be greater gaps between women. At the beginning, the one who is disadvantaged by the completely flat path among ours is Matteo Sobrero, while Ganna and Affini can get excited. At 20.21 today the autumn equinox will mark the end of summer for the calendar: the Italbici wants to greet you with yet another podium.
September 22, 2021 (change September 22, 2021 | 07:15)
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