Filippo Ganna: I want the challenge of racing for two gold medals at the Olympics

Team Ineos rider Italys Filippo Ganna competes in the first stage of the Giro dItalia 2021 cycling race a 86 km individual time trial on May 8 2021 in Turin Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images
Fillippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) en route to victory in opening Giro d'Italia time trial (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Turin, Italo Calvino wrote, is a city that invites rigour, linearity and style. Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) might well agree after his victory in the opening time trial of the Giro d’Italia, where he showcased those qualities by cutting tight but assured trajectories around the early corners of the 8.6-kilometre urban course. 

“We have a radio earpiece that’s only about as big as a hearing aid and once I started I couldn’t hear anything anymore, so I said to myself ‘Filippo, try to remember the corners and don’t make any mistakes, otherwise you’ll end up on the ground,” Ganna said. “I risked more than I should, but it went well. I remembered all the corners. My mind was nice and clear.”

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.