Ganna: I didn't want to take pointless risks in opening time trial of Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia 2020 - 103th Edition - 1st stage Monreale - Palermo 15,1 km - 03/10/2020 - Filippo Ganna (ITA - Team Ineos) - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2020
Time Trial World Champion Filippo Ganna of Ineos Grenadiers stormed to victory in Giro TT to begin three-week race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma) wore a wry smile as he drifted past the finish line on Via Dante and saw Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) already being shepherded towards the podium to await the first pink jersey of the Giro d'Italia. The Dutchman had the dubious distinction of being Ganna's minute man in the opening time trial, and he must have known that the world champion was always likely to bridge those 60 seconds worth of distance on the rapid drop from Monreale into Palermo.

After winning the rainbow jersey in Imola a week ago, Ganna was the overwhelming favourite to add the maglia rosa to his collection in Sicily, to the extent that predicting the identity of the winner of the Giro's opening time trial seemed almost moot in recent days. Speculation, instead, centred on whether Ganna might break Rik Verbrugghe's record average speed of 58.874 kph from the 2001 Giro d'Italia 7.6km prologue in Pescara.

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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.