Filippo Ganna storms to victory in Tour de la Provence opening time trial

Filippo Ganna wins Tour de la Provence 2019 stage 1

Filippo Ganna made his Team Sky debut as he claimed victory in the opening time trial at Tour de La Provence.

The Italian powered to victory in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, taking his first win on the road as a professional and with it a nine-second race lead.

A dominant time of 10 minutes and five seconds was enough to claim victory over Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First), with Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) taking the third place.

“I’m really happy. I’ve been waiting two years for my first pro victory on the road. Now I’m with this amazing team and it’s a really important moment. The team has supported me from my first day with them and to now see myself at the top of the classification is a dream come true. Two months ago I would not have thought this was possible.

“I’ve stayed in good condition in the lead-up to the race, working with my coach Dario (Cioni), and I tried to push a bit more when I saw this opening stage. I hoped I had the level to do a good performance and I’m really happy I could take the victory. Now we need to defend this jersey in the coming days. We’ve got a strong team here to do this and we’ll try our best.”

Tour de la Provence 2019 – stage 1 results (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer ITT):

1Filippo Ganna (Team Sky)


2Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First)


3Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


4Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar)


5Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


6Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


7Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ)


8Owain Doull (Team Sky)


9Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First)


10Yoann Paillot (St Michel-Auber 93)



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