Filippo Ganna trumps Wout van Aert after an exciting duel in the Dauphiné time trial

The individual time trial in the Critérium du Dauphiné 2022 has become a prey for Filippo Ganna. The Italian time trial world champion beat Wout van Aert after a time trial for the specialists of 31.9 kilometers between Montbrison and La Bâtie d’Urfé. The difference was more than two seconds. Van Aert remains the leader in the general classification.

The first target time in this time trial, on mostly flat roads over straights, was set by Luke Durbridge. The Australian completed the 31.9 kilometers in a time of 36.25 minutes, good for an average speed of 52.5 km/h. But he also knew that world champion Filippo Ganna would follow shortly after.

Ganna waltzes everyone over
The Italian steamroller was already 19 seconds faster at the first intermediate point (after 11.6 km), extended its lead at the second measuring point (after 21 km) to 39 seconds and was 53 seconds faster than Durbridge at the finish. Ganna clocked in after 35.32 minutes and knew that he could take the hot seat for the time being. His average speed? 53.8 km/h.

The French hope Rémi Cavagna could not break pots. The Quick-Step-Alpha Vinyl time trialist eventually conceded 1.51 minutes on Ganna, while French time trial champion Benjamin Thomas lost more than two minutes on the Italian. The first danger to Ganna came from his own camp; Ethan Hayter surprised with a gap of ‘just’ 17 seconds at the finish.

Primož Roglič – photo: Cor Vos

Vingegaard sets target time for favorites
Jonas Vingegaard rode a decent time trial. He followed at the finish line at 1.11 minutes from Ganna and thus set a target for the other classification riders. Bad luck was there for Brandon McNulty. The leader of UAE Emirates had a chain problem and it was only very late that it was decided to get a new bike. He lost a lot of time because of this.

Interesting break came from Mattia Cattaneo. The Quick-Step-Alpha Vinyl Italian was only eight seconds slower than Ganna at the first point, but then he gave way more and more time, putting stage gain out of sight for Cattaneo. In the end he stranded at 39 seconds, behind Ganna and Hayter.

Van Aert fights against Ganna’s time
At 4 p.m. Wout van Aert started his time trial in the yellow leader’s jersey. His teammate Primoz Roglic had already started well before him. The Slovenian, as Olympic time trial champion a serious competitor for the world champion, was seven seconds behind Ganna at the first intermediate point. At point two, that difference had increased by 36 seconds and at the finish line just under 42 seconds.

Wout van Aert – photo: Cor Vos

The first rider to dive under Ganna’s split after 11.6 kilometers was also the last. Van Aert had started more than ten seconds faster. However, the second part of Ganna was lightning fast; Van Aert lost 20 seconds and was second after 21 kilometers. Could he make up for ten seconds in the last ten kilometers?

An advantage for Van Aert was that he could see David Gaudu (second in the classification) and Victor Lafay (third in the classification) who had started before him. A disadvantage was that it started to rain lightly in the final phase around La Bâtie d’Urfé. In the technical last kilometer Van Aert came close, but in the end he stranded at two seconds and thirty hundredths of Ganna.

Jumbo-Visma takes a hit in the standings
Primož Roglič is currently in the best position in the general classification. After four stages in the Dauphiné, he is 56 seconds behind his teammate Van Aert, but that makes the Slovenian the best classification rider. Jonas Vingegaard follows at 30 seconds as second classification man and so Jumbo-Visma has acquired an excellent starting position.

Damiano Caruso follows at 43 seconds from Roglič, Tao Geoghegan Hart at 49 seconds and Juan Ayuso at 52 seconds. The rest of the favorites are more than a minute behind Roglawith Ben O’Connor, Wilco Kelderman, Enric Mas, David Gaudu and Jack Haig within a minute and a half.

Brandon McNulty (due to his bad luck), Louis Meintjes, Esteban Chaves and Steff Cras can be counted among the big losers.