Ganna edges tense Dauphine TT

08 Jun 2022

Ganna edges tense Dauphine TT

Critérium du Dauphiné stage four (ITT): Montbrison › La Bâtie d’Urfé, 31.9km.

Filippo Ganna edged Wout van Aert in a tight time trial to win stage four of the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Ganna beat the Jumbo Visma rider by just two seconds in a thrilling conclusion to the 31.9km test, with teammate Ethan Hayter finishing third on the stage to move into the top five overall.

Tao Geoghegan Hart finished ninth in La Bâtie d’Urfé to see him move into the top 10 on GC, with four stages remaining.  

Earlier, Ganna had set the fastest time and faced a long wait in the hot seat with race leader Van Aert the last rider to start. 

There were nervy moments for the Italian as Van Aert was fastest at the first intermediate check, before the second time split moved in Ganna's favour, with just two seconds separating the pair at the end.

Filippo Ganna

"Every time we are close. Van Aert is very strong, yesterday he was already really close to victory. He’s a superb athlete and we can only say chapeau to him. It was a pretty good course for me. This morning, when we saw it was raining, I thought it was not gonna be a good day, but luckily the Sun came and we had the same conditions for all the riders."