Ganna impressed by Evenepoel's strength on early climbs at Giro d'Italia

Filippo Ganna (Ineos) celebrates his third day in the maglia rosa
Filippo Ganna (Ineos) celebrates his third day in the maglia rosa (Image credit: Getty Images)

On the short but stiff climb to Guarene on Monday, Filippo Ganna might have had a preview of what awaits him when the Giro d'Italia reaches its first uphill finale at Sestola on stage 4. The Italian carries the pink jersey, but he knows that a young man of outsized ambition is primed to take it from him.

Fatigue was general in the peloton after an afternoon spent following a course that arched gently around the narrative universe of Beppe Fenoglio in the rolling hills of the Langhe. After crossing the Tanaro in the writer's native Alba, they climbed again in the finale, this time into the hills of the Roero.

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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.