After Martina Fidanza’s gold, Ganna’s quartet challenges France in the evening for the title. Even women see the podium, the Paternoster in elimination can make us dream.
First title awarded and first gold, thanks to Martina Fidanza in scratch. The World Championships on track in Roubaix could not have started better for Italy, a few meters away from the uncovered velodrome where on 3 October Colbrelli had triumphed in Paris-Roubaix. And also on the second day of the world championship, the National team puts heavy cards on the table for other podiums. Here they are.
A podium is already certain thanks to the Olympic gold quartet in Tokyo. Ganna, Consonni, Milan and Lamon (the latter replaced by Bertazzo in the first round) scored twice the best time of the lot and tonight they challenge host France for the title, which at this level was not playing a medal since 2003. While Italy has been missing a world title in team pursuit since 1997. We are favorites, but certainly the opponent – driven by a champion of the track like Benjamin Thomas – should not be underestimated.
Even the girls of Dino Salvoldi in the first day did well: Balsamo, Alzini, Paternoster and Fidanza set the second best time, behind only Germany which for the three-quarters is the same one that won the Olympic gold. Chiara Consonni, Simone’s sister, will certainly take to the track today: the blue in the first round touches Great Britain (third time on Wednesday). If we beat it, we win the pass for the final which is worth the title. Otherwise – from an analysis of the times of the first day – the final for the bronze should not escape us with concrete podium possibilities. But it is right to aim for the maximum: if Germany is difficult to beat, thinking about silver is not utopia.
Elia Viviani, the prophet of our track, reached the glory of Olympic gold (omnium, Rio 2016, then in Tokyo 2020 he was bronze) but in his great palmares – which also includes 85 victories on the road – a there is no world title, despite 3 medals, the first of which dates back to 10 years ago. This world championship is a good opportunity and the Veronese is playing 3 cards: Saturday omnium, Sunday elimination, but the first is today in the scratch that will award gold after 60 laps (15 km) with a dry sprint (but watch out for typical actions that of Fidanza yesterday). To break the ice, and perhaps break a taboo, there is no better.
It will be the last race of the evening program but it must be awaited because Letizia Paternoster, the star from Trentino (22) who has returned from two complicated years between Covid, injuries and counter-performances, will be on the track. But already at the last European Championships Letizia raised her head thanks to the elimination in which she had put the silver medal around her neck at the recent European Championships in Trento. “A new beginning”, he defined that podium in the heat of the moment. In the quartet on Wednesday she disengaged well, now we have to continue like this.
21 October – 11:06
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