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VN news ticker: Filippo Ganna to ride European road championships, Marianne Vos wins Simac Ladies Tour prologue

Here's the news making the headlines on Tuesday, August 24.

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Filippo Ganna to ride European Championships

After a phenomenal ride to help Italy to gold in the Team Pursuit on the track at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Filippo Ganna will turn his attention to gold on the road next month.

According to a report on the Italian cycling website Tuttobici, the time trial specialist will contest the race against the clock at the European championships on September 9, before taking on the road race three days later.

Ganna last rode the European champs in 2019 when he only rode the time trial and finished sixth at 23 seconds behind the winner Remco Evenepoel.

The 25-year-old returned to the road last week at the Tour of Norway and will continue his program with the Benelux Tour next week.

According to Tuttobici, he will return to the boards of the velodrome for the track worlds, which are due to take place in Roubaix at the end of October.

Marianne Vos wins Simac Ladies Tour prologue

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) has returned to racing with a bang as she took victory in the prologue of the Simac Ladies Tour in Ede, Netherlands.

Vos blasted around the 2.4km course in a time of 3:01, beating compatriot Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) by five seconds with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) in third a further second behind.

The Simac Ladies Tour is Vos’ first race since riding at the Olympic Games last month, where she finished fifth and helped teammate Annemiek van Vleuten to silver.

The Simac Ladies Tour takes place over five days in the Netherlands with another time trial in Gennep on stage 2 likely to be key in deciding the overall classification.

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