August 3, 2021

Olympics, Tokyo: the two road tests

The Rivals: Evenepoel arrived in Tokyo well in advance. In the quartet, Denmark is scary

by our correspondent Ciro Scognamiglio

If the bar that Filippo Ganna will try to overcome is very high, it also depends on the enormous quality of the rivals he will face, and who will dedicate themselves to only one of the two commitments. The two laps of the time trial around the Fuji circuit (44.2 kilometers) add up to just over 700 meters in altitude, always with the unknown of humid heat and rain.

The name of Wout van Aert is the first that comes to everyone’s mind, that of Primoz Roglic (who retired from the Tour after eight stages due to a crash) is the second. But then: how can we underestimate Remco Evenepoel, who trained by climbing (also) Mortirolo and has been in Japan for ten days already? How to exclude a priori Dumoulin and Almeida, Dennis and Küng?

Come Harrogate

“It could recall the time trial of the World Championship in Harrogate two years ago (Dennis-Evenepoel-Ganna on the podium, ed) – says Marco Velo, right-hand man of coach Davide Cassani and already multiple Italian champion of the specialty -. short and hard tears, here the climbs are more regular except for the sector for the entrance of the circuit, which is even more than 10 percent. Filippo’s ropes, because on that type of climbs you can do strength and speed. The final average? I would like to say not above 50 per hour but I don’t want to get too unbalanced, we will study it well once he is there too “. On the track Lasse Norman Hansen, Julius Johansen, Rasmus Pedersen, Frederik Rodenberg: Denmark that at the World Championships in Berlin 2020 brought the world record of the quartet to a stratospheric 3’44 “672 remains the nation to beat, even if the ct Marco Villa rightly remembers how “that time was done in the final, being able to count on the wake of New Zealand. The previous reference of 3’46” 203 is more truthful. “Ganna, Simone Consonni, 20-year-old Jonathan Milan and Francesco Lamon (who will have the delicate role of the start) start from an excellent 3’46 “513, also in Berlin 2020, and in training in Montichiari in the last few days they have already improved. Barring surprises, they will be the owners with Bertazzo and Viviani ready to go. He explains Villa again: “We have no recent references. We have made progress, but the others will certainly not have stood still. For example, Switzerland: Bissegger made great progress on the road and they didn’t bring one as strong as Imhof, so I guess they found a better one. Australia was subdued in 2020 but won’t go wrong for the second year in a row. New Zealand has already made 3’46 ”. There are 8 quartets, we have already considered 4 “. Italy does not get on the podium in the quartet from Mexico 1968 (bronze). A year synonymous with revolution: it would be nice if the Izu velodrome greeted another one. Tricolor.