Filippo Ganna is really impressive this season and has continued where he finished last season. This time he won the race at the United Arab Emirates and showed that he is currently unstoppable and that there are few who can match him.
Ganna has tremendous pressure from everyone because victory is always expected of him and nothing else comes into play. With such pressure, it is sometimes difficult to compete, but it does not seem to be a problem for him "Every time, it’s a different race and it’s not easy to win,” Ganna said afterward, as quoted by cyclingnews “With this jersey on the shoulders, it’s not easy.
In every time trial, people think that you’ll win easily with the rainbow jersey, but it’s not like that." " It’s really difficult to have to confirm it every time. Today is another one, another good performance, and we hope it will help me for the last stage at Tirreno-Adriatico and give me good sensations for the future races”.
He looks great ready for this season given the result in the UAE and many will have trouble trying to dethrone him.
Defending the rainbow jersey
He is now focused on defending the rainbow jersey and is aware that it will not be easy for him.
However, he feels tremendous self-confidence, which is not surprising given the successes so far “I’m also really happy also to see my parameters. I’m not 100 per cent in condition yet, but I’m working very well,” he said.
“I’m going step by step and hopefully I can keep this [rainbow] jersey again in September”. His new colleague Adem Yates had problems. Namely, Yates was in the front group when the peloton split in crosswinds on stage 1.
Ganna gave his comment on the situation “We were stopped for a rider and we saw the whole bunch in one line, and I thought, ‘Ok, now we have a little problem.’ Luckily Adam was in the front for us and helped to save the GC.
We hope in the next stage to go step by step and why not end up on the last day with the jersey for him like last year,” said Ganna. Ganna will try to help her colleague Yates in the next race "We have Yates to help and to stay as close as possible to him, because the climb is in the finish and we know there could be a hard moment during the stage, like crosswind or a crash and we need to stay close to him,” Ganna said.