Ganna buries the old order of the world time trial

Ganna buries the old order of the world time trial

The 24-year-old Italian wins gold at Imola ahead of Van Aert (silver) and Küng (bronze). Bilbao, the only Spaniard, finished 26th.

Ganna buries the old order of the world time trial

These are times of change in world cycling, at this point it is already absurd to even doubt it. The stars of the past are fading (Valverde, Nibali, Cavendish …) or blurring (Froome, Sagan, Van Avermaet …) and are replaced by a generation much later than theirs. They resist intermediate names, such as Roglic , Alaphilippe and Dumoulin , even some already veteran like Fuglsang , but those who really pick up the baton are young cyclists, almost all under 25 years old, who advance their maturity until they claim the throne of the best events in the world. calendar.

There are the last four grand tour winners, with Carapaz , Bernal and Pogacar accompanying Roglic, all of them premiering their record in these races. Even in the Monuments, due to their own characteristics, classic terrain for experienced runners, relays such as those of Van Aert and Bettiol began to appear in the last year and a half. And what about Evenepoel and Van der Poel , already dominators in important calendar appointments.

The whole sport is in a gradual revolution, but it was still resisted by the most particular specialty of them all, the time trial. A discipline in which seniority, the emotional management of loneliness and the lack of references, bring intangible advantages to the most experienced runners over the most novice. But even that seemingly solid resistance has fallen in this biennium of change for cycling.

Ganna buries the old order of the world time trial

And he has done it with the Italian Filippo Ganna (24 years old) as the protagonist and the new world time trial champion, crowned at the Imola circuit with solvency and determination. The Ineos Grenadiers cyclist has run four 'times' in this atypical year and he has only lost one, that of the Vuelta San Juan in February against the prodigy Evenepoel, still out of circulation after his terrible accident in Lombardy. They will be the two who dominate the specialty in the coming years. In fact, in 2019 they were already the ones who accompanied Dennis on the World Cup podium.

Thomas, at the gates of the medals

This time, the champion Ganna was accompanied on the podium by two other young runners, both 26 years old, with the silver Wout Van Aert (at 0:26) and the bronze Stefan Küng (at 0:30), who already boasts two medals in the world championships after also being third in the 2019 road event. Fourth was Geraint Thomas (at 0:37), who seems in good shape for the Giro that starts in a week, and fifth was Rohan Dennis (at 0:40 ), both of Ganna's teammates at Ineos.

The Australian, great dominator of the specialty in recent years, gold in the two previous World Cups, seemed in a position to compete for the gold to Ganna in the first part of the circuit, in which the wind whipped against, but he fell to the fifth place in the most favorable section. Van Aert, on the other hand, regained ground in the second half and consolidated his candidacy to be world champion en route on Sunday. Pello Bilbao , the only Spanish representative, finished 26th, 2:33 behind Ganna.

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