Another podium finish for Trentin on the final stage at the Volta a la Comunitat ValencianaSun 10 Feb 2019
Stage two winner Matteo Trentin sprinted to third place on today’s short final stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, to wrap up a successful five-days for Mitchelton-SCOTT.
It was a chaotic finale with a crash inside the final 400metres, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) stayed out of trouble and claimed the stage win with Ion Izaguirre (Astana) securing the overall classification.
After taking two stage victories and finishing with two riders in the top ten overall, the Australian outfit leave their first European race of the season with high moral after the promising start.
Attack from the start
With just 88km ahead of them, as soon as the start flag dropped, a trio of riders broke away and rapidly opened up a lead of around two minutes. With a bunch sprint predicted in the centre of Valencia, the leaders never gained too much time and where soon back in the peloton's sight once they drew closer to the final circuits.
Fast finishing laps
After passing the finish line for the first time after 53km, the leaders had swelled to four riders but hovered just 30seconds in front, as Team Jumbo-Visma set a blistering pace around the fast seven kilometre laps.
The catch was finally made with just 11km remaining and the team's sprint trains assembled. Chris Juul-Jensen did a good job of keeping Trentin and Luka Mezgec up towards the front of the bunch, but after a crash and some confusion with positioning in the final, the sprint opened up and on a close sprint finish, Trentin took third, with Mezgec in fourth place.
With four podium finishes in five days, including a sprint stage victory (Trentin) and the Queen stage victory (Adam Yates), the team walk away satisfied with the results after great commitment and teamwork from the riders every day.
“Normally it was a sprint for Luka today but I was sure he was in the crash to be honest and then he just popped up from nowhere and that caused us a bit of confusion and that cost us the win in the end.
"It was close on the line but I just got really confused. It is a really pity but we will learn from this situation and get better from it.
“I’m really happy about the week with three podium finishes and one of them was a victory so we have started off on a good foot, for me and for all the team.”
Dave McPartland - Sport director
“We came here to win a stage and we had a two-pronged approach with the sprint stages and the climbing stage. We won two so it is just confirmation for us that everything is on track for the big races to come and the classics and that everybody has had a good winter.
“The highlight of the week is actually how the team handled things, committing everyday, taking the bull by the horns and deciding to ride out on the road, even when we maybe didn’t have the strongest sprinter on paper.”
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana - Stage 5:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) 1:50
2. Alexander Kristoff (UAE) ST
3. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana - Final General Classification:
1. Ion Izaguirre (Astana) 16:08:44
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) +0:07
3. Pello Bilbao (Astana) ST
7. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:33
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