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…
|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|
|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|