Filippo Ganna heads to Gran Canaria to step up his winter training
A month ago, Filippo Ganna was in action at the World Track Championships in Roubaix but after a short vacation in the Maldives, the criterium of the Giro d’Italia in Dubai and celebrations with his local fan club, the world champion of time trial will travel to Gran Canaria with several teammates from the Italian national team on Thursday as he steps up his winter training in the sun.
Ganna will then join his Ineos Grenadiers teammate on December 7 for a ten-day training camp in Mallorca and a second camp in Calpe, Spain, before making his debut in the 2022 season at La Vuelta a San Juan, Argentina.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ganna will then take part in the UAE Tour from February 20-26 as he lays the groundwork for a Spring Classics campaign.
Before heading to Gran Canaria, Ganna visited the GoldTattoo7 studio in Brescia with her fellow team pursuit racers Simone Consonni and Francesco Lamon for the first shoot of a celebratory tattoo.
Ganna opted for small Olympic rings and an olive crown symbol on his chest with the date August 4, when he won an Olympic gold medal in the men’s team pursuit. He also had a much larger samurai wildcat tattoo designed on his left shoulder.
The 25-year-old Italian was the anchor of the Italian team pursuit quartet, completing a final mile at high speed to defeat Denmark and set a new world record of 3: 42.032, with the quartet repeating their championship success of the world of Roubaix. Ganna won the world time trial in Belgium and won both stages of the Giro d’Italia time trial while helping Egan Bernal win the Corsa Rosa.
Ganna will travel to Gran Canaria with her fellow team pursuit racers Francesco Lamon and Liam Bertazzo, the junior team pursuit team, Martina Alzini and Martina Fidanza, who won the world title in the Scratch race at Roubaix.
Ganna will finalize her race program and 2022 goals at the Ineos Grenadiers camp in December.
With the opening time trials awarding the leader’s jerseys to the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France, Ganna faces a tough decision. He is also likely to consider an hour-long record attempt on the track this summer before defending his world time trial title in Australia.
“I would love to ride both,” Ganna said recently. The Gazzetta dello Sport when asked to choose between the Giro and the Tour in 2022.
“But I also have to remember that there are also the World Championships (in Australia) to defend, so we have to be prepared to make some tough choices. I will decide with the team, I trust the evaluations they will do.
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