Ganna and Italian team win team pursuit

04 Aug 2021

Ganna and Italian team win team pursuit

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Olympic Games, Team Pursuit Finals

Filippo Ganna and his Italian teammates claimed a gold medal in a thrilling Team Pursuit final in Tokyo.

Riding with his Azzurri teammates Jonathan Milan, Simone Consonni and Francesco Lamon, Ganna helped propel the Italians to victory in one of the most nail-biting finals in recent memory.

Denmark held what looked like a winning advantage heading into the final kilometre but some searing laps from Ganna helped break down the gap, before crossing the line first by just 0.166 seconds.

The epic finale produced yet another World Record for the Italians, with a time of 3:42.032 almost eight seconds quicker than the winning time from the previous Games.

The bronze medal ride also produced a welcome result, with new stagiaire signing Luke Plapp part of an Australian team that claimed the bronze medal versus New Zealand.

Ethan Hayter was also in action from Team Great Britain, with the squad rebounding well from Tuesday's disappointment to win their heat and finish seventh.
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- Filippo Ganna

"It’s a dream. After five years working together we had one goal, to take this amazing result – the gold medal. Before we went to sleep last night I said to the guys, tomorrow we are less than five minutes away from a result in the most important moment of our lives. In the end we arrived together and we are happy.
 
"We knew in the last kilometre we had a rocket in the legs! In the end we kept the gap so we could take this result. I was lucky that after the time trial I had a good feeling in the legs and we are happy, the team is happy and I think everyone in Italy is happy!"