A 3rd place finish on the final stage for Trentin who has to settle for 2nd overall at TOB

Sat 14 Sep 2019

Tour de France stage winner Matteo Trentin showed his form once again today to sprint to third place on the final stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, despite being slightly out of positon in the final kilometre. It was Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) who took the stage honours, claiming a third consecutive stage win, which was enough to deny the Italian Mitchelton-SCOTT rider the overall race victory.

Despite trying everything they could to beat Van der Poel, Mitchelton-SCOTT finished the eight-day race in second place overall after a hard fight until the very end, following some incredible teamwork and commitment from the riders each day. 

The squad still walk away from the British tour very satisfied that they gave it their all to try clinch the overall title and take with them two stage wins and the points race jersey to add to their second place on GC.

Trio Escape Early

The final stage began and immediately two riders jumped away from the peloton, after 12kilometres of racing one-more rider bridged across and the leading trio settled into a rhythm, hovering two-minutes ahead of the peloton.

With 80kilometres to go, the race suddenly lit up with Team Ineos forcing elections in a crosswind section on the run in to the steep Ramsbottom Rake climb. The surge of pace quickly saw the leading trio swallowed up and the action continued ahead.

Strength In Numbers

A group of around 30riders remained at the front of the race after the climb and multiple attacks, with Mitchelton-SCOTT remaining there with strength in numbers, with all six-riders presented in the split and able to take turns in rolling with the moves.

Audrey Amador (Movistar Team) attacked away solo and led the race into the final 50kilometres as behind the race settled down again. Amador opened up a 45second lead but fresh attacks started to fly from the reduced front group after the hotly contested intermediate sprint, until the solo leader was finally swallowed up with 40kilometres to go.

The Final Dash

Mitchelton-SCOTT took control in the final five-kilometres when it was clear it would be a sprint finish and all headed to the front of the bunch to lead-out Trentin.

With some confusion on one of the final corners, the team lost each other and their momentum, with Trentin then trying to find his position again with the help of Alex Edmondson, before contesting the sprint finish.

Van der Poel showed his speed to take another stage victory with Trentin having to settle for third place on the day and second place overall.

The team wrap up the week with two stage wins (Trentin - stage two, Edoardo Affini - stage six), the overall points race classification jersey (Trentin) and second place overall (Trentin).

Matteo Trentin - Second Place Overall

"There was a corner coming into the final that wasn't well signed and basically we all went straight so we lost each other a lot and that was the end of the story, then I was too far back. I came back just before the last corner, I did my sprint but it wasn't enough.

"I'm not too disappointed with the week but today was just really possible to win, I think I was the fastest at the end, where I was coming from was really far. It was a good chance to win and of course we race every race to win so today it hurts a little bit."

Matt Wilson - Sport Director

"We couldn't be happier with the effort this week, we had only six-man teams but we had six super guys, there were no weak links what so ever and we have come away with two stage wins, the points jersey and second overall.

"We threw everything at Van der Poel to try and win the tour but just fell a bit short in the end, we can't be unhappy with that, it has been a great week."

OVO Energy Tour of Britain - Stage 8 Results:

1. Mathieu van der Poel  (Corendon-Circus) +3:49:26
2. Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) ST
3. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

OVO Energy Tour of Britain - Final General Classification:

1. Mathieu van der Poel  (Corendon-Circus) 29:47:41
2. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:17
3. Jasper de Buyst (Lotto-Soudal) +0:50

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