(Reuters) – Off the pace in the Tour de France, Ineos Grenadiers have the perfect launchpad to rebound at the Giro d’Italia in Saturday’s opening time trial, says Bradley Wiggins.
The 15.1km individual time trial in Palermo looks made for Italian speedster Filippo Ganna who was unstoppable at the recent world championships at Imola.
Ineos were criticised for their performance at the Tour where reigning champion Egan Bernal abandoned after 16 stages having lost 19 minutes to then race leader Primoz Roglic.
But with Ganna ready to give them a flying start at the Giro and Britain’s Geraint Thomas a leading favourite to wear the maglia rosa in Milan, Wiggins says his former team are ready to show they are still top dogs in the peloton.
“I think Ganna will win the opening time trial, but that will suit Ineos because he can then keep the jersey warm for Geraint Thomas,” Wiggins said. “Ganna actually may win all three time trials at the Giro because he has been unstoppable really in the TTs.