Winning nine time trials in a row, Ganna was on fire in 2020 and the first months of 2021. Nobody could match him until he was bested by Wout Van Aert and Stefan Küng at the Tirreno-Adriatico. He even finished in 10th position in a punchy time trial at the Tour de Romandie. Did he lose his magic touch?
Of course not. The Italian bounced back with two commanding ITT triumps at the Giro d’Italia.
Still, the events showed that the World Champion is human after all, which will make the 44.2 kilometres time trial alle the more fascinating.
Favourites road race Summer Olympics Tokyo
*** Filippo Ganna, Rohan Dennis, Remco Evenepoel
** Primoz Roglic, Wout van Aert, Tom Dumoulin, João Almeida
* Kasper Asgreen, Stefan Küng, Rémi Cavagna, Geraint Thomas, Gino Mäder