Filippo Ganna silver in world time trial

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Filippo Ganna silver in world time trial

After winning two world titles in 2021 and 2021 and a bronze medal in 2019, Filippo Ganna took a stunning silver medal at the World Championships in Scotland in the men’s 47.8-kilometer Elite time trial, just five days after his sixth rainbow gold in the track pursuit.

The only one to beat the 27-year-old from Verbania was Belgium’s Remco Evenepoel, the big disappointment of Sunday’s road race in which he was defending the title he won last year, but who today finally won gold against the clock after silver in 2019 and bronze medals in 2021 and 2022, installing himself in front of everyone from the second intermediate after being behind the Piedmontese rider in the first and eventually preceding Ganna by only 12 seconds at the finish line at the top of the Stirling climb.

Of note, this is the first gold ever for Belgium in this event. Bronze went to the very young British native of Wales, Joshua Tarling, class of 2004, 48 seconds off the pace. Fourth at 1’27” was Brandon McNulty of the United States, and fifth was the other Belgian Wout Van Aert, resoundingly off the podium after two silvers behind Ganna in 2020 and 2021 and a second-place finish in Sunday’s road race.

Even more disappointing were the top two from a year ago: 11th place for Norway’s Tobias Foss, the outgoing world champion, 12th for Switzerland’s Stefan Kueng, and 22nd for Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar. The other Italian, Mattia Cattaneo, on the other hand, also did very well, eighth.

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