Ganna hints at breaking four-minute pursuit barrier at track World Championships

Italy’s Filippo Ganna (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Filippo Ganna has hinted he could break the four-minute barrier in the men’s individual pursuit at the UCI Track World Championships, which start in Berlin on Wednesday, but the record could be Italy's only moment of success after injury and illness struck the men's and women's squads.

The Italian riders have been preparing for the World Championships on the Montichiari velodrome near Brescia and have not been affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Lombardy and Veneto. However, more common illnesses and injury have left national coaches Marco Villa and Dino Savoldi facing difficult choices for the final line-ups that will race in Berlin from Wednesday.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.