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Gallery: Filippo Ganna unstoppable at Étoile de Bessèges

Sprinters lose out in stage 4 of French race.

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) proved he’s more than a one-trick pony to score a blistering stage win at the Étoile de Bessèges on Saturday.

The Italian world time trial champion launched an unstoppable move inside the final 10km to drop his breakaway companions before motoring to the line, showing that he’s got the racecraft to equal his aero chops and huge watts.

Having proven at the fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia last fall that he can win on tough mountainous days, Ganna suggested after the stage that GC could be his next ambition.

“In the next races we will see if I can be closer to victory in the general classification,” he after taking his win. “If I see that there is a more favorable race for my characteristics, flatter and with less elevation, I can try to target the GC.”

Ganna’s late move frustrated the sprinters who were looking to score a victory ahead of the final stage time trial Sunday. Overnight race leader Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) finished in the peloton to retain the GC advantage and holds a 44-second lead going into the race’s short final test against the clock.