Two-time world time trial champion Filippo Ganna can be the runaway favorite so as to add a European title to his glittering palmarès on the UEC Street European Championships on Wednesday. The one drawback is that the Italian is not beginning the time trial.
As a substitute, Ganna, who confirmed his sprinting prowess with three second locations on the current Vuelta a España, might be concentrating on the 200km street race on the Col du VAM on Sunday.
Italian nationwide coach Daniele Bennati chosen Mattia Cattaneo and Matteo Sobrero for the 29.5km time trial, the place they will face off towards the likes of Wout van Aert (Belgium), Stefan Küng (Switzerland), Josh Tarling (Nice Britain), and Rémi Cavagna (France).
Ganna will as a substitute be focussing on the street race, which is able to see the peloton deal with seven ascents of the Col du VAM (400m at 4.2%) with a lowered bunch dash anticipated on the end.
He’ll head up a nine-man squad, which additionally consists of a number of different quick finishers in Elia Viviani, Luca Mozzato, Andrea Pasqualon, and Matteo Trentin. The 27-year-old Ineos Grenadiers rider, nevertheless, represents the nation’s finest probability at taking residence the blue stripes of European champion.
Each Ganna and Trentin will co-lead the squad, Bennati advised La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“It is a group made up of many skilled parts, every with an necessary and well-defined position,” Bennati stated. “We’ll race with the intention of supporting our two factors of reference.
“Additionally with us is Elia Viviani, an excellent champion on the monitor and on the street and somebody who’s experiencing a specific transformation in his profession. His presence is key – he is a crew participant and an excellent director. He provides an infinite added worth to the crew.”
Regardless of lacking out on large wins with second locations at Milan-San Remo and the UCI Street World Championships time trial, Ganna has loved among the finest seasons of his profession in 2023.
He has proven his potential as an all-rounder along with his Vuelta sprints and second locations on the Vuelta a San Juan and Volta ao Algarve and has additionally racked up time trial wins at Tirreno-Adriatico and the Italian Nationwide Championships.
On the monitor, he took a world title within the particular person pursuit, narrowly beating Ineos adviser Dan Bigham, and likewise triumphed within the crew pursuit on the UEC Monitor European Championships again in February.
With Sunday’s street race prone to be his final outing of the street season, Ganna might be aiming so as to add to Italy’s 4 European titles up to now 5 years, with Matteo Trentin, Elia Viviani, Giacomo Nizzolo, and Sonny Colbrelli all having received gold.
Vittoria Guazzini and Alessia Vigilia will tackle the 29.5km elite ladies’s time trial, whereas within the 131.3km street race, Elisa Balsamo and Elisa Longo Borghini lead a squad together with Silvia Persico, Sofia Bertizzolo, and Elena Cecchini.