Fifth for Trentin on a short opening stage at the Tour of GuangxiTue 16 Oct 2018
European champion Matteo Trentin was the highest finisher for Mitchelton-SCOTT on today’s opening stage of the Tour of Guangxi, sprinting to fifth place on a flat and short day.
With sprint teams controlling, the race finished as expected with a bunch kick and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) coming out on top to take the stage and move into the race lead.
Six go clear
In the early stages of the 108km stage, a group of six-riders jumped ahead of the peloton and hovered around the one-minute mark. By the time the race covered more distance and passed the feeding zone after half-way, the breakaway had fragmented leaving just three riders at the head of the race.
The trio of Andrey Grivko (Astana), Silvan Dillier (AG2R) and Youcef Mirza (UAE) continued in front but with the sprint teams taking control, their advantage plummeted down and down rapidly.
KOM and catch
Over the only King of the Mountain prime with around 10km to go, finally the catch was made and some fresh attacks came. Non were successful and in the end, the day concluded with a much predicted bunch sprint with Groenewegen coming out on top and Trentin in position but having to settle for fifth.
“The sprint was good even if I was on a bit too small gear. Having a 53” chainring was definitely not enough for today and I was a bit out of gear in the last 150metres.
“The team was amazing, we had a plan, did not panic and waited for the right moment. The guys deliver me perfectly. The race was fine in general it was a fast pace but no problem.”
Tour of Guangxi stage 1 results:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo)
2. Max Walscheid (Sunweb) ST
3. Fabio Jakobsen (quick-Step Floors) St
5. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
Tour of Guangxi classification after stage 1:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) 2:21
2. Silvan Dillier (BMC) +0:02
3. Max Walscheid (Sunweb) +0:04
9. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:10
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