Juan Ayuso triumphs over TT stars to take stage one of Tirreno-Adriatico

No joy for Filippo Ganna and Jonas Vingegaard on the opening time trial of the race

Juan Ayuso after winning stage one of the 2024 Tirreno-Adriatico
(Image credit: Getty Images / Tim De Waele)

Neither powerhouse Filippo Ganna nor overall favourite Jonas Vingegaard were able to overcome the effort of Spain's Juan Ayuso at the opening time trial of Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy on Monday.

Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) bettered Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) by just one second on the short, sharp test, with Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) sprinting home to finish third.

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