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by Shane Stokes
January 25, 2018
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Second in the time trial and now the new overall leader, the young Italian Filippo Ganna has pledged to do what he can to maintain his position at the top of the general classification in the Vuelta a San Juan.
“I expected his performance,” he said, speaking about Ryan Mullen’s win. “I know him very well and he’s a strong time triallist.
“About me, I gave my best and I’m happy with this leader’s jersey. I will try to defend my leadership as well as I can even if I know there will be some hard mountain stages in the next days. My team-mates, my director and all my team will support me.”
Ganna is just 21 years of age and joined UAE Team Emirates prior to the 2017 season. He was previously a stagiaire with Lampre-Merida in 2015 and then a Team Colpack rider the following season. He’s long been strong against the clock; in 2015 he was the national junior TT champion and won the Chrono des National Espoirs, while in 2016 he won the national U23 TT championships, as well as the world and Under 23 European championship individual pursuit titles.
However he’s also been successful in road races, taking the Paris-Roubaix espoir title in 2016. Now he’s in the driving seat in another road race, and will have a chance to show his abilities in the days ahead.