Ganna storms to Tirreno TT success

14 Sep 2020

Ganna storms to Tirreno TT success

Tirreno-Adriatico stage eight (ITT): San Benedetto del Tronto › San Benedetto del Tronto, 10.1km.

Filippo Ganna stormed to victory on the stage eight time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico to cap off a dominant final day performance from the INEOS Grenadiers that saw Geraint Thomas finish second overall.

Ganna set a new course record of 10:42 on the 10.1km course, beating his nearest rival Victor Campenaerts (NTT Pro Cycling) by 18 seconds, with teammate Rohan Dennis third.

Thomas also put in a strong performance to finish fourth and move up to second in the General Classification, leapfrogging Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgroohe) to finish behind race winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). 

Filippo Ganna 

"My performance took me a little bit by surprise as the last rider to have the course record was Fabian Cancellara. It's really important for me to take this victory and personal best on this circuit.

"Ahead of next week I will aim to recover well and arrive at the World Championships TT with as much energy as possible, ready to try and get on the podium again.

"At the Giro, there is a chance for me on the first time trial, but the second one is a little bit harder and we will look to save energy to support Geraint Thomas in the GC. Our goal for the Giro is G, and then hopefully I can arrive at the final stage TT in Milan with a little bit of energy - we’ll see."  


Geraint Thomas    

“It was good, it felt like I did a good effort and judged it quite well. You always pick it apart a bit, and obviously I didn’t have another 17 seconds in me, but I definitely feel like I had a bit more in the tank.

“It’s really encouraging after eight days of racing, especially after the start of the 2020 season version 2.0. I feel a lot better now and it’s encouraging that I feel I could improve. 

“Obviously I never thought it was possible to get 40 seconds in 10km, but i’m happy with how that went. I’m also happy for the Ganna-dier, motoring along, proving to us all why he’s called that. 

“It’s just what I needed, eight really hard days of racing, time to rest up now and soak up that work. I feel like I’ve got a bit more to come as well so I’m really looking forward to a good October.”
Stage eight result

. Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) 10:42
2. Victor Campenaerts (NTT Pro Cycling) +18"
3. Rohan Dennis (INEOS Grenadiers) +17"
4. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) +17"
. Tobias Ludviggson (Groupama-FDJ) +33"

Final standings

1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 32:07:34
2. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) +17"
3. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) +29"
4. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +56"
5. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) +49"