Cycling, World Championships 2022: the test time comes and Italy drops ace Ganna

Sunday the world championship begins and blue goes searching for the trio. “The final one was a really tough time, this week I’m taking the alternative to regain the psychological power to come back again from this race”

On Sunday at 1.35 am, the ninety fifth version of the 2022 Road Cycling World Championship will start. For the second time the worldwide competitors shall be held in Australia (first in 2010). The first scheduled test, an elite time trial, sees Italy as the favourite with world document holder Filippo Ganna on the lookout for a trio that may match Tony Martin and Michael Rogers. “The final one was a really tough time, this week I’m taking the alternative to regain psychological power to be contemporary for the head of the competitors” defined the blue. “The title of 2020 was surprising, in the 12 months of Covid, whereas the title of 2021 was a variety of bother, as a result of it got here to the finish of the most tough season in my life and I anticipate rather a lot. This 12 months was not tough, we’ll see if the accounts will enhance once more”.

Some blues

Edoardo Affini, third this 12 months in the Italian time trial and ninth in the world championship final 12 months, was additionally at the occasion: “I’ve modified my plans due to this appointment: I’m attempting to get used to the time zone (8 hours, ed), preserve the perspective and flip the legs yours properly earlier than Sunday. Like all members of the nationwide workforce, I’ll do the whole lot I can to respect the blue jersey”. Matteo Sobrero, the winner of the Verona stage of the Giro this 12 months, can also be at the starting: “After leaving the European Championship in Munich, now issues are higher and I am unable to wait to test the route tomorrow”.

Coach’s phrases

There is confidence in the return to Italy beginning with coach Marco Velo. “I’m positive that I’ve dropped at Australia the greatest cronons that we’ve in Italy at the second for any such competitors. I don’t deny that I anticipate extra, we’ve all executed the whole lot we are able to to succeed in 100%”. As for the opponents, Remco Evenenpoel may be very harmful. The Belgians got here out motivated and the Vuelta and will ultimately need to put the tough time behind him. Also see Stefan Bissegger and Stefan Küng – who left Ganna at the latest European Games in Munich – and Yves Lampaert (Bel), who blew the yellow jersey to blue at the begin of this 12 months’s tour.


In the Mother’s discipline, the Dutch monologue can also be anticipated, beginning with the outgoing world champion Ellen van Dijk and the everlasting Van Vleuten (gold in 2017 and 2018). “They are all the time our opponents – explains Elisa Longo Borghini – and as all the time we’ll attempt to keep forward of them. Motivation just isn’t missing, even when the season has been lengthy and tough. I am unable to wait to run the combined relay: it’s the test I like the most and it exhibits the well being of the motion kake”. With him in the Mixed Team Relay there shall be Elena Cecchini (bronze final 12 months) and Vittoria Guazzini, second runner-up in the European time trial. His ideas that night time had been optimistic: “It shall be the starting of my profession. The purpose is to enhance myself and acquire data, I hope to not return empty-handed, but when I’ve given the whole lot, I shall be happy”.


Sunday 18 September
Elite Women Rating: 1.35
(Arianna Fidanza, Vittoria Guazzini)
Elite Men’s Trial Time: 5.40
(Edoardo Affini, Filippo Ganna,
Matteo Sobrero)
Monday 19 September
U23 Men Time Trial: 5.20
(Lorenzo Milesi, Davide Piganzoli)
Tuesday 20 September
Ladies Jrs Practice Time: 1.30
(Federica Venturelli, Alice Toniolli)
Jrs Men’s Trial Time: 5.20
(Nicolas Milesi, Renato Favero)
Wednesday 21 September
Mixed ChronoStaffetta: 6.20
(Edoardo Affini, Filippo Ganna, Matteo Sobrero, Vittoria Guazzini, Elisa Longo Borghini, Elena Cecchini)
Friday 23 September
Online Test Men Jrs: 0.15
(Dario Belletta, Simone Gualdi, Federico Savino, Matteo Scalco, Giovanni Zordan)
Men’s U23 street race: 5
(Nicolò Buratti, Francesco Busatto, Davide De Pretto, Martin Marcelusi, Nicolò Parisini)
Saturday 24 September
Women Jrs on-line test: 0.00 (Eleonora Ciabocco, Francesca Pellegrini, Gaia Segato, Alice Toniolli, Federica Venturelli)
Women Elite Online Trials: 4.25
(Elisa Balsamo, Marta Bastianelli, Sofia Bertizzolo, Elena Cecchini, Arianna Fidanza, Vittoria Guazzini, Elisa Longo Borghini, Soraya Paladin, Silvia Persico, Silvia Zanardi)
Sunday 25 September
Elite Men Online Test: 2.15
(Edoardo Affini, Davide Ballerini, Andrea Bagioli, Samuele Battistella, Alberto Bettiol, Nicola Conci, Lorenzo Rota, Matteo Sobrero, Matteo Trentin, Filippo Zana.


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