Dream win for Ganna

14 Feb 2019

Dream win for Ganna

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Tour de La Provence Stage 1: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 8.9km (time trial)

Filippo Ganna made a sparkling Team Sky debut as he claimed victory in the opening time trial at Tour de La Provence.
 
The Italian powered to victory in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, taking his first win on the road as a professional and with it a nine-second race lead.
 
A dominant time of 10 minutes and five seconds was enough to claim victory over Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First), with Owain Doull adding to the team’s strong start in eighth place.
 
In addition to the striking Mondrian-inspired leader’s jersey, Ganna also pulled on the points, and young rider jerseys to complete a perfect day in the South of France. 
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Filippo Ganna

Filippo Ganna

The team has supported me from my first day with them and to now see myself at the top of the classification is a dream come true.
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Filippo Ganna -

"I'm really happy. I've been waiting two years for my first pro victory on the road. Now I'm with this amazing team and it's a really important moment. The team has supported me from my first day with them and to now see myself at the top of the classification is a dream come true. Two months ago I would not have thought this was possible.

"I've stayed in good condition in the lead-up to the race, working with my coach Dario (Cioni), and I tried to push a bit more when I saw this opening stage. I hoped I had the level to do a good performance and I'm really happy I could take the victory. Now we need to defend this jersey in the coming days. We've got a strong team here to do this and we'll try our best."
What's Next?

The action heats up on stage two with a lumpy stage to further shape the general classification. The first-category Les Cretes climb is crested just 12km from the finish, which should ensure an exciting run into La Ciotat.

Stage result and general classification

1. Filippo Ganna (Team Sky) 10:05
2. Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First) +9"
3. Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +10"
4. Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar) +15"
5. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +18"
8. Owain Doull (Team Sky) +21"

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