Ganna powers to Tirreno TT win

06 Mar 2023

Ganna powers to Tirreno TT win

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Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage 1: Lido di Camaiore ITT, 11.5km

Filippo Ganna stormed to a dominant victory in the opening time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico to move into an early race lead.

The Italian national champion went 28 seconds quicker than anyone else across the chilly 11.5-kilometre test to pull on the race's first maglia azzurra.

The Grenadier was backed up by a strong showing from a number of team-mates, with three riders inside the top six on the day.

Magnus Sheffield was the first rider to clock a sub-13 minute time and spent a long period on the hotseat. The American eventually placed third, taking the young rider jersey as a result.

Thymen Arensman also impressed on the wet course, clocking the sixth fastest time, eight seconds back on Sheffield and 39 seconds back on Ganna.

18th place for Tao Geoghegan Hart also put him amongst a number of GC contenders ahead of the next six days of racing.

Monday also saw the second stage of Paris-Nice play out in a bunch sprint. Jhonatan Narvaez led the team home, with every Grenadier finishing in the bunch ahead of more selective tests to come.


- Filippo Ganna

"We did an amazing performance today. I’m really happy for me and the team. It started with Tom [Pidcock] and we continue in good shape together. I think it’s good for the morale for Tirreno. We’ll see tomorrow with the weather, the stages coming and we’ll enjoy the race.
"I was just thinking about riding as fast as possible. Two days ago I didn’t know what my performance level today would be. But I wanted to do my maximum. It’s really really nice, after many podiums, getting the victory is important for me. I think for the morale and for the Classics it can be a special motivation in my head.
"[Magnus] did an amazing performance. He’s in great shape and for sure we have one of the best teams here to do something good."