Cycling: Italian Ganna wins time demo environment title on home soil

IMOLA, Italy (Reuters) – Pre-race favourite Filippo Ganna received his maiden individual time demo entire world title on dwelling soil as the Italian crushed his rivals in excess of 32 kilometres on Friday.

The 24-yr-outdated, a four-situations person pursuit world champion on the track, clocked 35 minutes 54.10 seconds to conquer Belgian Wout van Aert by 26.72 seconds.

Swiss Stefan Kung took third put, 29.80 seconds off the tempo, as Australian Rohan Dennis, who had won the two earlier titles, finished up a disappointing fifth.

“It’s a dream for me, I experienced excellent aid from the workforce motor vehicle, I want to thank the entire Italian group,” said Ganna, who had geared up for the event by winning the unique time trial on the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race previously this month.

“I experienced no pressure. I was coming for a podium finish having won four rainbow jerseys on the observe currently.”

Ganna is the to start with Italian to gain the specific time demo at the street globe championships.

Briton Geraint Thomas, who is gearing up for upcoming month’s Giro d’Italia, concluded an encouraging fourth immediately after making a rapid get started inspite of racing devoid of his GPS unit.

“I warmed up on a different bicycle and then I obtained to my race bicycle and it was not there. Individuals had been managing all over searching for it… No idea. Somebody (messed) up, but which is the way it goes,” Thomas was quoted as stating by Cycling Information.

“I only obtained my race bicycle three minutes prior to the start and I was like, ‘Where’s my Garmin?’ They gave me a spare a single and I was frantically pairing that. Then I went to place it on and it was also large to in good shape on, so I was like, jeepers, but that is just the way it goes.”

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, the 2017 winner, endured a negative working day at the workplace, narrowly preventing a crash in the finale and ending 10th, a lot more than a single minute off the rate.

Chaos was narrowly prevented as the finish line arch collapsed about fifty percent an hour after the very last rider, Dennis, completed his ride.

“Due to the extremely strong wind today, the complete arch fell down in the late afternoon, immediately after the close of the race,” the UCI said in a assertion.

“The team of the organising committee and the UCI are performing to be certain the machines is in ideal operating purchase for tomorrow’s race.”

The road planet championships carry on on Saturday with the women’s race.

Producing by Julien Pretot Editing by Toby Davis and Ken Ferris