By Jonny Long
Filippo Ganna took his second win in as many days with victory in the final stage five time trial at Étoile Bességes.
The world time trial champion beat Groupama-FDJ's Benjamin Thomas by 10 seconds, while Ganna's Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Ethan Hayter took third, 21 seconds back.
It was a good day for the Brits, with three top 10 finishes after Owain Doull was the fourth Ineos rider to make the top 10 (Michał Kwiatkowski was sixth) while Jake Stewart (Groupama-FDJ) rounded out the top 10, 41 seconds off Ganna's time.
Tim Wellens finished fourth and secured the overall victory following the time taken in his stage three win. Kwiatkowski's effort moved him up to second, 53 seconds in arrears of the top spot, as Nils Politt gained third. Stewart just missed out on the podium, finishing fourth and only three seconds behind the German.
Ganna opened his 2021 stage racing account in much the same way he ended 2020. A trio of time trial victories at the Giro d'Italia followed his time trial world title victory in Imola. The Italian will now go on to race the UAE Tour at the end of the month before lining up for Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan - San Remo.
Étoile de Bessèges, stage five (ITT): Alès to Alès (10.74km)
1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers, in 15-00
2. Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 10 seconds
3. Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, at 21s
4. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, at 29s
5. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, at 31s
6. Michał Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers, at 34s
7. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo, at 35s
8. Owain Doull (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, at 38s
9. Nils Politt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, at same time
10. Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ, at 41s
Final general classification
1. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, in
2. Michał Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers, at 53 seconds
3. Nils Politt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 59s
4. Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ, at 1-02
5. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-Up Nation, at 1-19
6. Michael Gogl (Aut) Qhubeka-Assos, at 1-24
7. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2r Citroën, at 1-25
8. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo, at 1-36
9. Clément Carisey (Fra) DELKO, at 1-41
10. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché - Wanty Gobert Matériaux, at 1-45
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