Ganna powers to UAE time trial win

22 Feb 2021

Ganna powers to UAE time trial win

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UAE Tour - Stage 2: Al Hudayriat Island ITT, 13km

Filippo Ganna continued his time trial momentum with an impressive victory on day two of the UAE Tour.

The Italian was the only rider to dip under 14 minutes across the 13-kilometre test, taking stage victory by 14 seconds and racking up his eighth time trial win in a row.

The run, dating back to the Italian time trial nationals last August, has seen Ganna go on to become the most dominant time trial specialist in the sport. The Grenadier also completed the stage at a rapid pace of 55.9km/h.

Elsewhere it was an encouraging day for the team, with both Adam Yates and Daniel Martinez impressing on their team debuts. Yates furthered his GC hopes by moving up to fifth place overall on the day, while Martinez showed a great turn of speed, claiming ninth on the stage.


- Filippo Ganna

"Every race is hard and to arrive with focus and good legs is not easy. Luckily my body was ready today and I was able to take this fantastic result for me and the team.
"It’s strange in the middle of the desert but it’s really nice. It’s my first time at Abu Dhabi Tour. I’m really happy and I hope to continue like this in future races, including at Tirreno next month.
"Every TT is a test for me. I try to arrive better and better. It was a really high-speed stage, almost 56km/h. It’s really hard but I’m happy to be sitting here today."