Ganna powers to second World TT title

19 Sep 2021

Ganna powers to second World TT title

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TIME TRIAL: Knokke-Heist › Bruges, 43.3km.

Filippo Ganna put in a perfectly-measured time trial performance to become a two-time men's TT world champion in Flanders. 

Behind Wout van Aert (Belgium) at both the first and second intermediate checkpoints, Ganna finished strongly to secure his second world title, beating Van Aert by six seconds. 

It was a superbly-paced time trial, as he trailed the Jumbo Visma rider by six seconds at the first intermediate, before closing the gap to less than a second at the final time check before the finish. 

The time trial was finely poised as first Remco Evenepoel (Belgium), then Van Aert set the fastest time, before Ganna powered to the finish and won his second successive worlds TT by six seconds. 

Ethan Hayter (Great Britain) finished a strong eighth in his first senior worlds time trial to make it two Grenadiers in the top 10, with Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) finishing 24th and Spain's Carlos Rodriguez 25th. 

Filippo Ganna

 "I think in one week my condition improved after the short camp at altitude, then I did the European Championships but my legs didn’t feel very good and I didn’t know if I could arrive at the Worlds in good shape.

"When I woke up this morning, I had a good feeling in the legs and to defend this jersey for me is very important. . It's a dream to win again and to defend this jersey.  I hope to honour it again for another year.”"


Ethan Hayter

"There is a bit of room for improvement and I'm still recovering from the Tour of Britain, but I'm pretty happy.

"I've done a few good time trials this year... This time trial was probably too flat for me. I like one where you can go over and under with pacing and really punch over the climbs, I've always been good at time trials, but you don't do many at junior and under 23 level. 

"That is one of the longest time trials I've done. You kind of just have to tuck in and go into your own world. I just did my thing and went as fast as I could."

Final standings

1. Filippo Ganna (Italy), in 47:47
2. Wout van Aert (Belgium) +6"
3. Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) +44"
4. Kasper Asgreen (Denmark), +46"
5. Stefan Küng (Switzerland) +1'07"
8. Ethan Hayter (Great Britain) +1'27"