Australia World Cup Wollongong – Filippo Ganna in history for the third consecutive title, but watch out for Evenepoel

Australia World Cup Wollongong – Filippo Ganna in history for the third consecutive title, but watch out for Evenepoel
Australia World Cup Wollongong – Filippo Ganna in history for the third consecutive title, but watch out for Evenepoel
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Start setting the alarm! From 5:40, Italian time, the elite men time trial will start with Filippo Ganna who will go hunting for his third consecutive world title (the Verbanese will leave at 8.19 am, he will be the last to leave). And to say that Ganna’s summer was not easy: he completed his first Tour de France, but failed to conquer one of the two time trials present, until then the knockout at the European Championships behind the Swiss Bissegger and Küng. In recent weeks, however, the world champion has found the verve and the right confidence to add another feat to his palmarès. There are few who boast 3 consecutive World Championships and then, as if that weren’t enough, Ganna also ‘booked’ the hour record in October. From one record to another. We wish him so, because we know how much Italian cycling needs Ganna’s successes in order not to sink into the most absolute abyss.

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He is the number 1 favorite and it is normal for him to be. Let’s talk about Filippo Ganna who conquered the throne for the first time in 2020, in Imola, then ringing a winning streak that not even specialists like Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara they had managed to perform. He also repeated himself in Belgium in front of the host Wout van Aert last year and now he is looking for the third consecutive title. Should he make it he would be the third in history to make a consecutive hat-trick. The first was the Australian Michael Rogers between 2003 and 2005, then the German also succeeded Tony Martin from 2011 to 2013. Not such a thing, considering that Fabian Cancellara – recognized by many as the greatest chronoman in history – did not go beyond two consecutive titles (twice).

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Ganna between one record and another

But how does Ganna get to this World Cup? The Ineos Grenadiers rider got off to a great start to the season, winning the tests against time at the Étoile de Bessèges, the Tour de la Provence, the Tirreno-Adriatico, the Giro del Dauphiné and the Italian national championships. However, he stopped at the Tour de France: 4th in Copenhagen, even though he had the problem with the rear wheel, and 5th in Rocamadour, very far from van Aert, Vingegaard and Pogacar who completed that time trial with other times. In fact, Ganna did not experience a great moment of form coming out of the Tour de France, so much so that he only finished 3rd in the European Championships behind Bissegger and Küng. Now, however, Ganna seems to be back in top condition. So much so that he decided to try, after the World Cup in Australia, the hour record next October 8th. All this considering that, the following week, the Track Cycling World Championships will also begin where Ganna will want to return to the world champion in the individual pursuit and also conquer the world title in the team pursuit. If the Verbanese has put all this into his program, obviously, the condition is there.

The time trials of Ganna in 2022

Chrono Placement
Étoile de Bessèges 1st
Tour de la Provence 1st
UAE Tour 2nd
Tirreno-Adriatico 1st
Tour of the Dauphiné 1st
Tour de France – Copenhagen 4th
Tour de France – Rocamadour 5th
Europeans 3rd

Ganna is already taking off: his prologue to an average speed of 52.180 km / h

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But is it a path for Ganna?

But the question arises spontaneously. Is this a suitable path for Filippo Ganna? Last year in Tokyo, at the Olympics, he came “only” 5th, just 2 seconds from the podium, but it was said that the course was too hard for a runner like Ganna. It is no coincidence that he won the Olympic test Primoz Roglic, in front of Tom Dumoulin. Two who fought and won the Grand Tours so to speak. Seeing the path of Wollongong we will have 312 meters in altitude, an acceptable figure on a 34.2 km test. But, within the circuit, we will have two very intense passes on the Mount Ousley. A wall more than a climb. 700 meters at 6.7% which could still be decisive, in terms of seconds, for the final outcome of the time trial. Also because it will be dealt with on two occasions.

All climbs

-At km 7.1 Mount Ousley (0.7 km at 6.7%);

-At km 24.5 Mount Ousley (0.7 km at 6.7%);

Details

Length: 34.2 km;

Difference in altitude: 312 meters;

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Stratospheric Ganna: relive his time trial, van Aert goes ko

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From Bissegger to Evenepoel: Ganna’s opponents

Lacks Wout van Aert, the chronoman n ° 2 in the world. Second in Imola and second in Belgium behind Ganna in the last two years. The Belgian preferred to skip the Wollongong time trial, wanting to concentrate solely on the road race. And he will be missing, surprisingly, too Rohan Dennis, who would be landlord here. Twice World Champion, however, Dennis was not called up by the Australian national team after seeing him at work at the Vuelta. Victory foregone for Filippo Ganna? Let’s say no, because there is no lack of competition. From the Swiss Küng And Bisseggerthe European champion, to the French Cavagna and to the Belgian Lampaertwho won the inaugural time trial at the Tour de France 2022. Ganna’s two biggest rivals, however, will be others according to bookmaker and experts, especially after seeing the path. There is a certain Tadej Pogacar who has shown in his career to go very fast in time trials, and to win them too, like those of La Planche des Belles Filles at the 2020 Tour or that of Laval at the 2021 Tour. Remco Evenepoel, one who, before the accident at the Giro di Lombardia two years ago, also managed to beat Ganna in the time trial. At the 2019 World Championships, for example, behind world champion Rohan Dennis, there was Evenepoel in front of Ganna.

The favorites for Wollongong

Ganna, Evenepoel *****

Bissegger, Küng, Pogacar ****

Cavagna, Hayter, Affini, Bjerg, Lampaert ***

João Almeida, Cort Nielsen, Foss, Armirail, Sobrero **

Mollema, Nelson Oliveira, Craddock, Plapp, Sheffield, Bodnar, Lutsenko, Durbridge *

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