HURRICANE GANNA! FIRST GIRO, FIRST STAGE WIN, FIRST MAGLIA ROSA

World Champion wins opening time trial, beating two other young guns João Almeida and Mikkel Bjerg.

Palermo, 3 October 2020 – On a day of sirocco wind blowing in Sicily, the ITT World Champion Filippo Ganna, in his first participation to the Giro d’Italia, stormed to victory in the opening individual time trial at the average speed of 58.831km/h. Youngsters Joao Almeida and Mikkel Bjerg, each also making their Giro d’Italia debuts, rounded out the podium. Geraint Thomas placed himself first of the GC favourites in fourth position while Miguel Angel Lopez crashed out.

STATISTICS

Filippo Ganna recorded the all-time best average speed of a time trial in a Grand Tour: 58.831km/h. He bettered the 56.218km/h by Ruben Plaza on Stage 20 of the 2005 Vuelta a España. The absolute record in a race against the clock at Grand Tours remains 58.874km/h by Rik Verbrugghe in the 7.5km long prologue of the 2001 Giro d’Italia.
The last rider to have claimed the win and therefore the Maglia Rosa on his Giro d’Italia debut was Lukas Pöstlberger, in Olbia in 2017.
The last Italian to win an opening ITT of the Giro d’Italia before Ganna was Paolo Savoldelli in Seraing in 2006.

STAGE RESULTS
1 – Filippo Ganna (Team Ineos Grenadiers) – 15.1km in 15’24”, average speed 58.831km/h
2 – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick – Step) +22”
3 – Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
4 – Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos Grenadiers) +23”
5 – Tobias Foss (Team Jumbo – Visma) +31”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Filippo Ganna (Team Ineos Grenadiers)
2 – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick – Step) +22”
3 – Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.

JERSEYS

Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Filippo Ganna (Team Ineos Grenadiers)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo Zanetti – Filippo Ganna (Team Ineos Grenadiers), to be worn by João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick – Step)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Rick Zabel (Israel Start – Up Nation)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Filippo Ganna (Team Ineos Grenadiers), to be worn by Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates)

– Filippo Ganna

“I’m really happy to win with this jersey. It’s fantastic for me and also the team. I want to say a big thank you to them for all the support.

“The important thing was to be in the pink jersey tomorrow and we took the result. I’m really happy.

“I think every jersey is special, and having this pink jersey alongside the rainbow jersey is a dream for me. I didn’t think too much about the race – that’s the secret. We talked a lot yesterday with the guys and with G, but not about the race. And today we both got this fantastic result.”

– Geraint Thomas

“It was windy but I think it was quite comfortable on the bars actually. It was gusty but it felt pretty solid. That was a bonus. I think I was a bit too aggressive to start as in the last two kilometres I started losing the legs a bit, which was a shame as it was a bit more of a headwind there. But I definitely emptied the tank.

“I was steady on the corners as I’d seen a few guys had crashed. There were definitely no risks. I can still be pretty happy with how it went.”

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