Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) has resumed training but has yet to decide his goals in 2022, admitting he is tempted by the time trial stages of the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France, with a campaign Spring in Classics, defending his world time trial title and even an attempt at an hour record in late summer at sea level in Manchester all on the cards.
Ganna ended her long 2021 season at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Roubaix in mid-October, successfully switching again from road to boards to add the team pursuit world title to her gold medal in Tokyo at the Games Olympic.
Fatigue caught up with him in the individual pursuit qualifying round, but he rebounded to win the bronze medal and end his nine-month road and track season.
He quickly fled to the Maldives for a vacation, then stopped in Dubai to ride last weekend on the Giro d’Italia Criterium at Expo 2020. He then returned to Italy for a final week of leave home before doing a 37 km lap on Saturday morning. which he dubbed “#firstreactionshock” on social media.
“I really needed the time off,” Ganna said The Gazzetta dello Sport Saturday.
“It has been an intense year. We launched it in February and continued through to the track world championships; it was a long journey, with the Olympics the highlight. We set ourselves the goal of winning and we did.
Ganna will reunite with his Ineos Grenadiers teammates for a training camp in Spain in December where a final decision will be made on his main goals and race schedule for 2022.
On the occasion of the first time trial rewarding the leader’s jerseys both at the Giro d’Italia and at the Tour de France, Ganna is tempted to accumulate his goals again.
“I would love to run both,” he said provocatively when asked to choose between the Giro and the Tour in 2022.
“But I also have to remember that there are the world championships (in Australia) to defend too, so we have to be prepared to make some tough choices. I will decide with the team, I trust the evaluations they will do.
Back on track for the Hour Record
Ganna won the Under 23 version of Paris-Roubaix in 2016, but missed the Cobblestone Classics this year. He wants to go back in 2022 but knows he has some catching up to do.
“I would love to ride the Classics, but maybe not all of them. I know there will be a lot of work because in addition to a little luck, you also have to know the routes and be used to the road. It is not easy.
“Then there is also Milan-San Remo, that wouldn’t be bad,” Ganna added, perhaps teasing the Italian media after being criticized by some reports for sacrificing his chances for Michal Kwiatkowski this year.
Ganna raced for 66 days in 2021, starting his season at the Etoile des Bessèges in France before completing the UAE Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico and a block of track works.
With an exchange between disciplines still on her calendar, Ganna believes that an attempt at an Hour Record is possible in the second half of the summer. Ganna has always said he wanted to make his attempt at sea level even though it made it harder to beat the 55.089 km distance set by Victor Campenaerts at the Aguascalientes Velodrome in Mexico.
“I will continue to work on the track because it gives me such an important pedal stroke,” he said.
“We are studying an attempt at the hour record. We need to check out some new equipment because it won’t be a walk in the park. We have to study something in the wind tunnel. The only sure thing is that I will not go to altitude to make an attempt. I think the team is thinking of Manchester.
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