Ganna retains Germany lead

25 Aug 2022

Ganna retains Germany lead

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A bunch sprint ensured that Filippo Ganna retained his overall lead at the Deutschland Tour.

The Italian was able to retain his two-second advantage following Wednesday's prologue, but had looked to increase it with a late solo move. As attacks fired and the race came back together with 18 kilometres to go, the red jersey of Ganna launched an acceleration, opening out a brief gap.

The peloton came back together for a bunch sprint, won by Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), which allowed the lead to remain in the hands of the Grenadiers. Adam Yates and Kim Heiduk each moved up a place on the GC to sixth and ninth respectively.

Thursday also saw the first big summit finish at the Vuelta a Espana, amidst appalling conditions atop Pico Jano.

The weather closed in at the finish after a day of rain, which saw the GC once again flip on its head. Pavel Sivakov (6th), Tao Geoghegan Hart (7th) and Carlos Rodriguez (9th) all finished in the top 10 on the day, moving up the general classification in the process. The trio sit sixth, seventh and eighth overall respectively, with Sivakov 1:27 back on new race leader Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step-AlphaVinyl).

Sivakov was one of a select few able to follow the Belgian's initial acceleration on the final climb, which saw him go clear to ride into the red jersey.

Earlier the team worked well to set a tempo and stay up front and out of trouble on treacherous roads. Youngsters Ben Turner and Luke Plapp put on strong stints on the front.