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In the Stage 14 individual time trial at the Giro d’Italia, Ineos Grenadiers star Filippo Ganna emerged victorious, narrowly beating overall leader Tadej Pogacar. Pogacar’s impressive performance only further solidified his standing at the top of the general classification. The 31.2km course was well-suited to Ganna’s strengths, and he set a blistering pace from start to finish, ultimately claiming the win with a time of 35’02. Despite coming in second, Pogacar extended his lead in the pink jersey to 3’41, inching closer to his third Grand Tour victory.

Before Ganna’s spectacular performance, several other riders set out on the challenging course. Josef Cerny initially posted a competitive time of 36’58, but was soon surpassed by Max Walsheid, Daan Houle, and Edoardo Affini. However, it was clear that everyone was waiting for Ganna to make his mark, and he did not disappoint. Ganna dominated from the start, setting the fastest times at each checkpoint and ultimately securing a significant lead over his closest competitor, his own team-mate Tobias Foss.

As riders continued to complete their runs, it became evident that Ganna’s time was likely unbeatable. While some riders put in impressive performances, no one came close to challenging Ganna’s position at the top of the leaderboard. The focus then shifted to the battle within the top 10 of the general classification, with riders looking to either make gains or limit their losses. Geraint Thomas made a significant move, overtaking Dani Martinez to secure a spot on the provisional podium.

Pogacar, the last rider to set out on the time trial, gave it his all in an attempt to catch Ganna. He briefly held the lead at the first checkpoint, but ultimately fell short, finishing in second place but extending his overall lead in the race. With the major climbs still to come in the Giro, the competition is far from over, and other contenders like Ben O’Connor and Thymen Arensman have also made impressive gains. Ganna expressed relief and joy at his victory, highlighting the significance of winning in Italy and expressing confidence in his team’s performance in the upcoming stages.

As the Giro d’Italia continues, the excitement and intensity of the competition are sure to build as riders battle for the coveted pink jersey. The performances of Ganna, Pogacar, Thomas, and other top contenders have set the stage for an exhilarating conclusion to the race. With challenging climbs and fierce competition ahead, the fight for victory promises to be thrilling and unpredictable. Fans can follow all the action live on Eurosport and the Eurosport app, witnessing the drama unfold as the cyclists push themselves to the limit in pursuit of glory.

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