Another top ten finish for Trentin on a hot stage 16 at the Tour de FranceTue 23 Jul 2019
European Champion Matteo Trentin sprinted into the top ten once again today, taking seventh place on a fairly flat and very hot stage 16 at the Tour de France.
After a breakaway animated most of the stage, the sprint teams got into position to set things up for the final with Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) coming out on top, taking a second stage win.
The rest of the Mitchelton-SCOTT squad stayed safe and well hydrated throughout the warm day to all finish safely in the bunch.
The Early Breakaway
After just eight-kilometres of racing, a breakaway of five-riders formed and with no real reaction from the peloton they quickly opened up their advantage.
The group of Alexis Gougeard (AG2R Mondiale), Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis), Paul Ourselin (Total Direct Energie), Lars Bak (Dimension-Data) and Lukas Wisniowski (CCC ProTeam) were given the freedom to breakaway but never allowed more than a two-minute lead, with the sprint teams always patrolling the front of the peloton.
The Steady Chase
As the kilometres ticked down, the hot temperatures took their toll and the peloton continued to sit around two-minutes behind the five-leaders. At one point, the possibility of crosswinds saw the tension increase in the bunch as riders battled to get into position and suddenly the gap was down to just 25seconds.
The Sprint in Nimes
Team Jumbo-Visma and Lotto-Soudal took control of the peloton inside 30kilometres to go and maintained a good distance to the leaders, biding their time to make the catch just in time for the finish.
It wasn't until the final three-kilometres when the five-leaders were caught and the fast sprint opened up. Trentin surfed the wheels, jumping on sprint trains to take his sixth, top-ten finish of the race, with the rest of the team finishing safely in the bunch ahead of a hard and hilly week of racing still to come.
“It was the first real hot day in the tour, you normally have a couple of days like this at the tour and today was the first one. We got a lot of ice and fresh bottles throughout the day so we actually cruised quite well.
“It was really complicated at the end, with roundabouts and technical parts. When you try to surf the wheels it is always hard to find the right ones, especially when you have 2.5kilometres straight with a few roundabouts in-between so it was a bit complicated but it was like this.”
Matt White - Head Sport Director
“It was the hottest day of summer and the main focus of today was obviously hydration and nutrition. Fuelling for what is coming up and keeping cool and making sure we didn’t make any mistakes with the hydration process.
“Tomorrow is one of those days, if it was situated in the first week of the race it may be a bit of a different scenario but because of where it is, it is the last role of the dice for so many teams tomorrow. So I expect the breakaway to go, but it will take a long, long time until that right combination goes.”
Tour de France 2019 Stage 16 Results:
1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) 3:57:08
2. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) ST
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma) ST
7. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
General Classification After Stage 16:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) 64:57:32
2. Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) +1:35
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) +1:47
23. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +35:18
Photos courtesy of Kramon