No, it's just Indurain. "
On July 14, 1992, the
New York Times
gave the title of its chronicle of the Luxembourg time trial of the Tour, and seeing fly?
Filippo Ganna on the sweet hills of prosecco more than 28 years later wants to steal the chronicle of the venerable journalist Samuel Abt, who pointed out that the last minutes in which Indurain had been hidden from view had been spent in a phone booth putting on the
that would make him a supercyclist, and dedicating it to the young Italian, world time trial champion, a big man who pedales with class and grace, with perfect
for whom the fixed gear is the most natural thing, and it only scares by the speed with which it ascends, almost always sitting, a wall of one kilometer, and leaves its smooth pedaling with its mouth open, its high frequency (more than 100 pedals per minute, always), the immobility of her bust, the apparent ease, gained in the school of suffering, with which she overcomes the pain in her legs, the accelerated rise of lactic acid in her muscles.
Like a purring-engined luxury sports car, that's the kitty combo that Ganna combines with her beautiful titanium Pinarello, made right there next to her flight in Treviso.
And Indurain also flew in Pinarello, Treviso, and in his Espada he broke an hour record, yielding 550 watts.
And nobody can be contrary to all those who claim that Ganna will be precisely the next record holder of the hour.
It is the third stage victory for the Italian giant, two time trials and the mountain of Calabria on a dark and rainy afternoon.
It is, perhaps, a sacrilege to compare with Indurain in his glory on the way to his second Tour and leaving the second three minutes away with Ganna, 24 years old, 1.95m, 83 kilos, and the entire cycling race ahead, but it is inevitable, because It is not difficult to find another reference for the cyclist of the future, who is already
for the Italy that adores him and who suffers seeing his old men, Nibali, Pozzovivo, resisting without shine, leaving the Giro always for the next day .
Comparing both Ganna, rookie in the three-week tests, with Indurain, in addition to sacrilege, could also be taken for a lack of respect for Joao Almeida, who is not
Fast and Furious,
the movies that lose him and him they guide, and with that spirit, the one of the daily search of all the limits runs, at the age of 22, his first Giro, his first race of more than nine days, and arrives on the 14th day dressed in pink, as he has seen from the fourth , and blooms in the Ca 'del Poggio, the wall that discourages and crushes everyone, and although later he slows down his engine a little, he accelerates at the end, and does not win the stage (he arrives at a minute and a half from Ganna, who he is close to 48 per hour in a very tough trip of almost three quarters of an hour), but, as suspected, he is the best of all those who think about winning the Giro, and believe in their possibilities.
He takes 17s from Kelderman (and the Dutchman is the only one who remains less than a minute behind the Portuguese from Caldas da Rainha), 1m 6s to Majka, 1m 23s to Nibali and Pello Bilbao, who remains third in the general , but already 2m 11s from Almeida.
And Fuglsang is already more than 4m in the general classification.
Pello Bilbao: "We can be happy"
Pello Bilbao, from Gernika, 22nd, 2m 53s behind Ganna, acknowledges that perhaps it was not his best time trial day but he was satisfied.
"We can be happy," says the leader of Bahrain.
“We have done a good job, I have regulated the effort as planned and I maintain the third position.
It is a good position to continue fighting, to see who is the most consistent in the tough coming week.
The tough last week begins this Sunday with the climb to Piancavallo (14 kilometers at 8%), already in Friuli, where the 15th stage ends after three previous seconds.
There, in 1998, Marco Pantani began to defeat Zülle and win his Giro, and there, in 2017, when Dumoulin could with Nairo, Pello Bilbao participated in the great escape that culminated in the victory of his friend Mikel Landa.
Classifications of the Giro d'Italia.