Kung’s two hours in the hot seat at Tirreno-Adriatico ends in disappointment

Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 79th Edition - 7th stage San Benedetto del Tronto - San Benedetto del Tronto 10,1 km - 16/03/2021 - Stefan Kung (SUI - Groupama - FDJ) - photo Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021
Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) during the Tirreno Adriatico 7th stage at San Benedetto del Tronto (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) hadn’t lost a time trial in over a year so when he couldn’t overhaul the mark set by Stefan Küng in the final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico it’s no surprise that the Swiss rider and his Groupama-FDJ team had their hopes high that the day would end with the European time trial champion standing on the top step of the podium. 

The 84th rider off the ramp, Küng delivered a time of 11:12 pushing Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-Nippo) out of the hot seat after putting a hefty 12 seconds into his time during the 10.1 kilometre stage. Ganna was still to come so expectations, at that point, were that it may just be a matter of keeping it warm for the world champion. However the checks while he was out on the pan-flat course by the beach in San Benedetto del Tronto opened up the doubt and Ganna ultimately came over the line five seconds short of Küng’s time.

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