Filippo Ganna last Thursday, the first stage in the fourth edition of the Tour of the Provence (cat. 2.1) won.
The Italian Sky explained to the trial of 8.9 kilometers (just a bit too long for a prologue, so) in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 10:05, nine seconds faster than the Dutchman Sebastian Langeveld. The Frenchman Rémy Cavagna was on ten seconds, third. Yves Lampaert finished sixth on the nineteenth count. With Sep Vanmarcke finished a second Belgian in the top ten, he took 24 seconds longer than Ganna.
For the 22-year-old Ganna, who last winter made the switch from UAE Emirates to Sky is his first profzege. The Italian talent crowned himself to become the vice-European champion time trial in 2016, after the German Lennard Kämna. He won that year’s Paris-Roubaix in the promises, after a long solo, for our compatriot Jenthe Biermans a small minute finished, and obtained several titles on the track.
Friday is a stage of 191,6 km on the programme, on a hilly course and in the final the Route des Crêtes, a short, but stiff climb of 2.8 km at an average of 9.8 percent, followed by a technical descent towards the finish line. Most likely changes to the jersey over the shoulder.
The title in the French stage race went last year to the Frenchman Alexandre Geniez. .
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