“It’s like Usain Bolt is running a marathon” – Filippo Ganna downplays prospect of challenging a Grand Tour
Filippo Ganna poured cold water on the prospect of him embarking on a Grand Tour, suggesting it would be the equivalent of asking Usain Bolt to run a marathon.
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Ganna has enjoyed great success on the track, while her power has allowed her to be a dominant force in time trials.
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There have been calls for Ganna to use her power to shift her focus from time trials to podiums, but rider Ineos Grenadiers doesn’t think that’s viable.
“Me aiming for a Grand Tour?” It’s like running Usain Bolt a marathon. Do you think this has ever been possible? Ganna, who won gold in the Olympic pursuit and the world time trial title, told Gazzetta dello Sport.
If Ganna were selected by Ineos for the 2022 Tour de France, he would have a chance to take the yellow jersey as the race opens with an individual time trial.
It’s a prospect that crossed Ganna’s mind.
“The yellow jersey is something I’ve always dreamed of. I would love to win it and wear it but it won’t be easy because the Tour is difficult and the time trial is on the very first stage.
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Ganna also said he could try to break Victor Campenaerts’ hour record, but that he would do so at sea level rather than at altitude.
“We have to see if we can organize everything exactly as I want. I am thinking about it and we are working on it with the team. Because if you do, we must not leave anything to chance.
“Either way, I’m not going to make the height attempt, as many advise. I will then attack the world record for the hour at sea level. When I do like that, it’s different and it gives me more satisfaction. . “
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