Pogacar resists Van Aert and conquers his first trident

The Slovenian won his first Tyrrhenian, while the Belgian beat Küng and Ganna to win in the final clock. Landa finished third on the podium.


Wout van Aert beat the European champion of the specialty and the world champion to conquer the time trial that closed the Tirreno-Adriatico in 2021, but it was not enough to catch up with Tadej Pogacar, who ruled the round with authority to become the new king of the two seas. The 22-year-old Slovenian added his fourth overall on the World Tour, after California, Tour de France and UAE, and fourth success of 2021 with his relentless style: he set the Prati di Tivo high-altitude goal unopposed, and temporized on the clock. . Seen from the outside it looks very easy. The Belgian got his second victory of the season, both in the Tirreno, and had to settle for second place in the standings after offering a spectacular performance and beating Stefan Küng, current European gold and world bronze, and Filippo Ganna, current Arcobaleno . Mikel Landa resisted Egan Bernal's push and secured his third place on the podium.

Ganna's last defeat in an individual time trial came on January 28, 2020, at the Vuelta a San Juan, when Remco Evenepoel relegated him to second place. Ganna rode a conventional road bike with a lenticular wheel in Argentina for those 15.2 kilometers, which led to a climb to the Punta Negra Dam. Evenepoel, lighter, plugged him 32 seconds. In San Benedetto del Tronto he did not manage to extend his streak to nine consecutive wins, including the World Championship in Imola and the three times of the 2020 Giro. He had been undefeated for more than a year and was infallible of rainbows, until Küng and Van appeared Aert. The Italian congratulated his opponents with chivalry: "I'm not a robot ... and they were great." Pogacar does resemble an automaton more and more, like his compatriot Primoz Roglic. The two Slovenians dominate the peloton.

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