Filippo Ganna thanks rivals for motivating him in fight for time trial World Championships

"With Remco in the European Championships I thought ‘wow next week I need to go really fast’"

The podium of the Worlds TT
The podium of the Worlds TT
(Image credit: DAVID STOCKMAN/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Filippo Ganna has thanked his rivals for motivating him to retain his World Championship time trial jersey.

Italian powerhouse Ganna set a blistering time on the 43.4km-long TT course in Flanders on Sunday (September 19), fighting against home favourites Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.