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Filipo Ganna became Italy’s first time trial world champion on Friday by pipping Belgium’s Wout Van Aert on home soil in Imola.
Van Aert was 26 seconds behind the 24-year-old Team Ineos rider with Switzerland’s Stefan Kueng trailing by 29 seconds in third place.
Ganna’s victory just to the south of northern city Bologna adds to his successes in the individual pursuit.
“It’s a dream for me and I’m really happy. I give my personal thank you to the whole team of Italy and also for Ineos Grenadiers,” he said.
“I don’t have the words. I’ve won four rainbow jerseys on the track; this is my first in the time trial. I will celebrate with my family,” he added.
Former Tour de France champion, and Ganna’s fellow Ineos rider,