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Track Cycling World Championships: Filippo Ganna sets world record to win individual pursuit gold


Italy’s Filippo Ganna set a new world record as he claimed men’s individual pursuit gold on day three of the Track Cycling World Championships in France.

It comes a week after the Ineos Grenadiers rider broke cycling’s hour world record – registering 56.792km in 60 minutes in Switzerland.

Ganna received a standing ovation after finishing Friday’s 4,000m event in three minutes and 59.636 seconds.

It is the first time a rider has ever gone below four minutes at sea level.

Ganna, 26, beat compatriot Jonathan Milan, who clocked four minutes and 3.79 seconds, at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines near Paris to clinch his fifth world title in the event.

Portugal’s Ivo Manuel Alves Oliveira took bronze, as Great Britain’s Daniel Bigham – a former hour world record holder – finished fourth.

“I think it’s an amazing week,” said 2020 and 2021 road time trial world champion Ganna.

“I tried to do something special and I think I’ve realised one of my dreams.

“I tried to do the hour record and the individual pursuit record and now I need to celebrate and recover a little bit because it’s been a really testing season.”

Asked how he would celebrate his latest achievement, he added: “Maybe some beers, maybe a gin and tonic, maybe champagne. Who knows, we’re in France.”

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