Why was Filippo Ganna’s Tirreno-Adriatico team car piled high with spare bikes?

Why was Filippo Ganna's Tirreno-Adriatico team car piled high with spare bikes?

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CAMAIORE ITALY MARCH 07 Filippo Ganna of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers sprint during the 57th TirrenoAdriatico 2022 Stage 1, a 139km individual time trial from Lido di Camaiore to Lido di Camaiore TirrenoAdriatico on March 07, 2022 in Camaiore Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Ganna’s team car has bikes stacked on top during their Stage 1 winning time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico (Image credit: Tim de WaeleGetty Images)
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Time trial Remco Evenepoel Tirreno-Adriatico 2022 QuickStep-AlphaVinyl

Remco Evenepoel’s team car was also loaded with spare bikes (Image credit: Eurosport/GCN)
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Tirreno Adriatico 2022 57th edition 1st stage Lido di Camaiore Lido di Camaiore 139 km 07032022 Alex Dowsett GBR Israel Premier Tech photo Roberto BettiniSprintCyclingAgency2022

Meanwhile, Alex Dowsett’s team car was relatively bare (Image credit: Roberto BettiniSprintCyclingAgency2022)
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Italian Team Ineos Grenadiers rider Filippo Ganna competes to win the fifth stage of the 52nd edition of the Etoile de BessegesTour du Gard cycling race on February 6, 2022 in Alès l'Ermitage in southern France Photo by Sylvain THOMAS AFP Photo by SYLVAIN THOMASAFP via Getty Images

Ineos Grenadiers also did the same for Ganna at Etoile de Bessèges last month (Image credit: SYLVAIN THOMASAFP via Getty Images)
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ORON SWITZERLAND APRIL 27 Filippo Ganna of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 74th Tour De Romandie 2021 Prologue a 405km individual time trial stage from Oron to Oron 700m ITT TDR2021 TDRnonstop UCIworldtour on April 27, 2021 at Oron Switzerland Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

In last year’s Tour de Romandie, Ganna’s team car had the standard spare bike (Image credit: Luc ClaessenGetty Images)
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Giro d'Italia 2021 - 104th Edition - 21st stage Senago - Milano 30.3 km - 30/05/2021 - Filippo Ganna (ITA - Ineos Grenadiers) - photo Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto©2021

Stage 21 of the Giro d’Italia 2021 was apparently the turning point for Ineos (Image credit: Tommaso Pelagalli/BettiniPhoto 2021)

Monday’s opening time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico, a no-frills, flat race on the Lido di Camaiore coastal road, passed largely unsurprisingly on the score sheet. World time trial champion Filippo Ganna took victory, finishing 11 seconds ahead of Remco Evenepoel and seven others ahead of Tadej Pogačar, the GC battle of the week unfolded in the wake of the ‘Italian.

However, beyond the power and precision of the Italian’s 17th time trial victory, some eagle-eyed viewers spotted something wrong – an abundance of spare bikes piled on top of the team car following him during the stage.