Home Race-Results Tirreno-Adriatico: Wout van Aert beats Filippo Ganna in closing time trial

Tirreno-Adriatico: Wout van Aert beats Filippo Ganna in closing time trial

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Wout Van Aert Tirreno

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) en route to victory (Image credit: Bettini)
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Pogacar Tirreno

Pogacar sealed the overall title (Image credit: Bettini)
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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 Kung (Groupama-FDJ) storms along 10.1km out and back course in San Benedetto del Tronto (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO ITALY MARCH 16 Stefan Kung of Switzerland and Team Groupama FDJ during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 7 a 101km Individual Time Trial stage from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto ITT TirrenoAdriatico on March 16 2021 in San Benedetto del Tronto Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Stefan Kung of Switzerland and Team Groupama-FDJ set time to beat of 11:12 (Image credit: Getty Sport Images)
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SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO ITALY MARCH 16 Filippo Ganna of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 7 a 101km Individual Time Trial stage from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto ITT TirrenoAdriatico on March 16 2021 in San Benedetto del Tronto Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

TT World Champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) heads to finish in San Benedetto del Tronto (Image credit: Getty Sport Images)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 79th Edition - 7th stage San Benedetto del Tronto - San Benedetto del Tronto 10,1 km - 16/03/2021 - Filippo Ganna (ITA - Ineos Grenadiers) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) finished 4.99 seconds slower than Stefan Kung (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 79th Edition - 7th stage San Benedetto del Tronto - San Benedetto del Tronto 10,1 km - 16/03/2021 - Manuele Boaro (ITA - Astana - Premier Tech) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Manuele Boaro (Astana-Premier Tech) on short and intense 10.1km time trial course (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 79th Edition - 7th stage San Benedetto del Tronto - San Benedetto del Tronto 10,1 km - 16/03/2021 - Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE - Groupama - FDJ) - photo Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021

Tobias Ludvigsson (Groupama – FDJ) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 79th Edition - 7th stage San Benedetto del Tronto - San Benedetto del Tronto 10,1 km - 16/03/2021 - Edoardo Affini (ITA - Jumbo - Visma) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Edoardo Affini (ITA – Jumbo – Visma) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 79th Edition - 7th stage San Benedetto del Tronto - San Benedetto del Tronto 10,1 km - 16/03/2021 - Alberto Bettiol (ITA - EF Education - Nippo) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Alberto Bettiol (EF Education – Nippo) had a solid ride on 10.1km course (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 79th Edition - 7th stage San Benedetto del Tronto - San Benedetto del Tronto 10,1 km - 16/03/2021 - Benjamin Thomas (FRA - Groupama - FDJ) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ) was 10 seconds slower than Kung and just five seconds off pace of Ganna (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 79th Edition - 7th stage San Benedetto del Tronto - San Benedetto del Tronto 10,1 km - 16/03/2021 - Thibaut Pinot (FRA - Groupama - FDJ) - photo Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) finished just outside the top 10 in TT (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 79th Edition - 7th stage San Benedetto del Tronto - San Benedetto del Tronto 10,1 km - 16/03/2021 - Thibaut Pinot (FRA - Groupama - FDJ) - photo Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on course (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO ITALY MARCH 16 Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team Bora Hansgrohe during the 56th TirrenoAdriatico 2021 Stage 7 a 101km Individual Time Trial stage from San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto ITT TirrenoAdriatico on March 16 2021 in San Benedetto del Tronto Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) rode on the TT course early when the sun was out (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 79th Edition - 7th stage San Benedetto del Tronto - San Benedetto del Tronto 10,1 km - 16/03/2021 - Manuele Boaro (ITA - Astana - Premier Tech) - photo Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021

Manuele Boaro (Astana-Premier Tech) on course (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

All good things must come to an end, the proverb goes, and it so it proved in San Benedetto del Tronto on the final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico as world time trial champion, Ineos Grenadiers’ Filippo Ganna, lost a time trial for the first time in over a year.

Jumbo-Visma’s Wout van Aert – one of the stars of the week – became the first man to beat the Italian since Remco Evenepoel, breaking a run of eight dominant time trial wins in a row dating back to the 2020 Vuelta a San Juan.

The Belgian’s time of 11:06.130 – an average speed of 54.595kph – was enough to take the win by six seconds over  Groupama-FDJ’s Stefan Küng on the Adriatic-facing 10.1-kilometre course.

In the end, Ganna could only finish in third place, his worst time trial result since the 2019 Worlds in Yorkshire, 11 seconds down on Van Aert.

Two minutes after Van Aert had finished, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) crossed the line safely in the blue jersey, taking fourth place on the stage 12 seconds back, to secure overall victory at the week-long race.

More to come…

Brief results
Rank Bib Result
1 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 0:11:06
2 Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:06
3 Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:11
4 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:12
5 Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:16
6 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:18
7 João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:24
8 Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:26
9 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:00:27
10 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:28
General classification after stage 7
Rank Bib Result
1 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 26:36:17
2 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:03
3 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:03:57
4 Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:04:13
5 Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:04:37
6 João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:04:54
7 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:05:00
8 Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM 0:05:50
9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:06:30
10 Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 0:07:45

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