The quartet completed by Simone Consonni, Jonathan Milan and Francesco Lamon put on a show at the Izu Velodrome
World record (3’42 ”307) and medal secured in the team pursuit at the Tokyo Olympics. Dragged by a super Filippo Ganna, the Italian quartet completed by Simone Consonni, Jonathan Milan and Francesco Lamon put on a show at the Izu Velodrome and tomorrow the gold will be played in the final against the very strong Danes, who qualified with the thrill despite a doubtful contact with the British who kept the verdict pending for a long time.
Five years after the gold medal in Elia Viviani’s omium in Rio, the track team led by coach Marco Villa (Olympic bronze medal in the American in Sydney 2000) gives Italy another joy at the Games thanks to a space trial of Filippo Ganna, who came back half a second behind in the last laps, to burn the New Zealanders by 0 “097 (3’42” 397) and secure the challenge for the Olympic title, scheduled for tomorrow 4 August at 11.06 Italian time ( 18.06 local time). Appetite comes with eating and our Top Ganna loads the teammates: «Today we arrived with a good leg and the guys showed that the work done over the years has really led to so many things, so many emotions. More than once, we have taken it to that place and it all comes back sooner or later. In our group there is one who has already won an important medal (Elia Viviani, gold in Rio in the omnium; ed) and he knows what it means to win it and I want to share it with the others. I tell the boys to hold on for another 24 hours and then if they want they can get drunk and I’ll be the first to accompany them. The controversy about materials? They wanted to put a spoke in the wheel, but we thank our staff and all those who follow us for this result. We followed to the letter what Marco asked us (Villa; ed) and tomorrow he will be our beacon because he knows where to take us, so we will try to entertain Italy again ».
The president of the Italian cycling federation, Cordiano Dagnoni, smiles: «We did not expect a capital performance of this kind. In addition to a surprise, it was a really great emotion, deserved for the boys and for Marco Villa. Now that we have a taste for it, let’s go to the bottom ».
Sixth place finish, however, for the very young female quartet, composed of Letizia Paternoster, Elisa Balsamo, Vittoria Guazzini and Rachele Barbieri, with the latter later replaced by Martina Alzini in the final for 5th place against Australia. The gold was won by Germany, who had eliminated our own blue, retouching once again the world record (4’04 ”242) in the final against Great Britain.
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