Filippo Ganna extends run of time trial success but opts out of cobbled Classics

MILANO ITALY OCTOBER 25 Filippo Ganna of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 21 a 157km Individual time trial from Cernusco sul Naviglio to Milano ITT girodiitalia Giro on October 25 2020 in Milano Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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Filippo Ganna extended his run of time trial victories at the Étoile de Bèsseges, taking a seventh consecutive win and confirming himself as the firm favourite for the time trial at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Ineos Grenadiers rider has not lost a time trial since taking the Italian national championships last August. He has since won the final time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico, the world title in Imola, the opening time trial at the Giro d’Italia in Palermo and the other two Giro time trials in Valdobbiadene and Milan. Ganna last lost a time trial at the 2020 Vuelta a San Juan when he was beaten by Remco Evenepoel. However, the 15.5km time trial was contested on normal road race bikes rather than time trial bikes.

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