A month ago, Filippo Ganna was in action at the World Track Championships in Roubaix, but after a short holiday in the Maldives, the Giro d’Italia criterion in Dubai and a celebration with his local fan club, the world time trial champion travels to Gran Canaria with several Italian national teammates Thursday as he steps up his winter training in the sun.
Ganna will then join his Ineos Grenadiers team-mate on December 7 for a ten-day training camp in Mallorca and another camp in Calpe, Spain, before making his season debut in 2022 at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.
According to Lto Gazzetta dello Sport, Ganna will then ride the UAE Tour between the 20th-26th. February, while building the foundations for a Spring Classics campaign.
Before traveling to Gran Canaria, Ganna visited the GoldTattoo7 studio in Brescia with other team pursuit riders Simone Consonni and Francesco Lamon for the first meeting with a festive tattoo.
Ganna chose small Olympic rings and olive wreath symbol on his chest with the date on 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 anchored in the Italian team pursuit quartet and produced one last kilometer at high speed to defeat Denmark and set a new world record of 3: 42.032, where the quartet repeated their success at the World Championships in Roubaix. Ganna won the world time trial in Belgium and won both time trial stages at the Giro d’Italia, while helping Egan Bernal win the Corsa Rosa.
Ganna travels to Gran Canaria with other team pursuit riders Francesco Lamon and Liam Bertazzo, the junior team pursuit, Martina Alzini and Martina Fidanza, who won the world championship in the Scratch race in Roubaix.
Ganna will complete her race program and goal for 2022 during the Ineos Grenadiers camp in December.
With opening time runs providing driver jerseys for both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France, Ganna faces a difficult decision. He will probably also consider an attempt at the time record on the track in the summer before defending his world title in time trial in Australia.
“I want to ride both,” Ganna said recently Gazzetta dello Sport when he was asked to choose between the Giro and the Tour in 2022.
“But I also have to remember that there are also world championships (in Australia) to defend, so we have to be ready to make some tough choices. I decide with the team, I trust the evaluations they make.”