Mitchelton-SCOTT with another top five in the sprint on stage three in PolandMon 6 Aug 2018
After third on the opening stage at the Tour of Poland Italian Matteo Trentin went for it again on stage three, finishing in fifth place for Mitchelton-SCOTT.
Leading the peloton into the closing few kilometres, the Australian outfit looked to be in a great position with Australian road champion Alex Edmondson setting a fast pace and Luka Mezgec and Trentin lined out behind him.
When the sprint finally unfolded the bunch shifted and lurched with Mezgec and Trentin crowded out and Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step-Floors) winning the stage. Trentin was carrying speed when he crossed the line and took fifth place keeping up the team’s consistency over the first three days of racing.
A slow and quite spectacular roll out of the Stadion Slaski in Chorzow for the start of stage three was followed by an immediate attack by three riders, who went on to gain four minutes on the peloton after 20kilometres of racing.
Once the trio finally became a quartet the peloton decided that four minutes was too much rope and duly brought the gap to just under two minutes, where it sat until the race hit the four final circuits with 22kilometres to go.
Making short work of the catch the bunch immediately began to reorganise once it was made with two short laps remaining.
Mitchelton-SCOTT held a great position at the front of the bunch with Edmondson, Mezgec and Trentin lined out going into the last two kilometres.
Though as the road widened the front of the peloton swarmed and Mezgec and Trentin were both boxed in at 300metres to go and when Trentin finally broke free it was too late with Hodeg taking the win.
“We did a great job going into the final circuit today, everyone had played their role really well and again it was Alex, Luka and myself up there. It was going well until the final corner where we got boxed in.”
“The blockage happened on the right where Ackermann (Bora) was and the sprint suddenly shifted to the right and we couldn’t get out of there. By the time I manged to get free I started my sprint with maybe 200metres to go and by then it was too late.
“We are improving as a unit all the time and we have been really consistent over the last three stages with Luka getting up there yesterday when I was boxed in and with more practise in these situations we’ll have it nailed.”
Tour of Poland stage two results:
1. Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step-Floors) 03:09:59
2. Daniel Mclay (EF-Education-First-Drapac) ST
3. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) ST
5. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
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