Ganna leads Italy’s Olympic Track Pursuit team to world title


Roubaix, France, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – October 22, 2021): Italy won gold in the men’s team pursuit at the world track cycling championships on Thursday, confirming their status as new masters of the discipline after to have beaten France in a tense final.

The Germans then edged the Italians in the women’s pursuit, while France’s Donavan Grondin won the 60-lap scratch title and Harrie Lavreysen of the Netherlands won the men’s keirin sprint race.

In a fierce 4km struggle over the steep walls of the Roubaix velodrome, Olympic team pursuit champion Italy, led by road racing star Filippo Ganna, jumped just two laps from the end to get clear and gain more than two seconds.

This triumph is Italy’s first in this event since 1997 and marks a transfer of power away from Great Britain and Australia, which have long dominated the discipline.

25-year-old Ineos Grenadiers rider Ganna led a youth squad made up of Liam Bertazzo, Simone Consonni and Jonathan Milan, who were part of a quartet that won gold in Tokyo, with Bertazzo being preferred here in the world final at the Olympic games. gold winner Francesco Lamon.

All three Olympic title winners wore gold helmets and rode gold-colored bikes, which Olympic champions can do in all relevant races until the next Games.

Italy took 3min 47.192sec to win the title while Great Britain won the bronze medal race against Denmark.


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