Third again for Trentin on stage three of the Tour of Guangxi

Sat 19 Oct 2019

It was third place for the third day in-a-row for Italian Matteo Trentin on stage three of the Tour of Gunagxi in Nanning.

Mitchelton-SCOTT controlled the race for much of the stage and teed up Trentin for another bunch kick, but the 30-year-old was forced to settle for the third step on the podium once again.

Déjà vu

Just like on the previous two stages, a three-man breakaway established itself in the early kilometres. The trio were only allowed a slender advantage with the gap rarely nudging over the three minutes mark.

The breakaway was eventually reeled back in as the race passed over the climb for the penultimate time as the Astana Pro Team cranked the tempo up. The peloton split apart as a result, but the gaps were short-lived as it all came back together before the line, with Trentin grabbing bonus seconds heading onto the final lap.

Mitchelton-SCOTT put men on the front of the bunch with Australian’s Kaden Groves and Callum Scotson tasked with driving the pace. It was then a battle for position heading into the climb for the final time before several riders launched attacks up the slopes.

However, nothing could stick despite numerous attempts on the run to the line, with Nick Schultz covering the moves. Alex Edmondson was the man to lead Trentin out inside the final kilometre, but the Italian couldn’t match the pace of Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe) who sprinted to victory.

Matteo Trentin:
"I was aiming for today, but it turned out to be another third place. The boys were amazing again today, the team controlled and kept me easy the whole day then I had Edmo plus Shultz leading me out."

"Tomorrow let’s see if I can have a little part in the GC if I can defend myself as best I can and then we’ll see for the last two days."

Matt Wilson (Sports Director):
The boys did a really good job today, we took a bit of responsibility and decided we would try and control it a little bit before the final for Matteo, it looked like a really great stage for him.”

“But unfortunately, it was really great riding by Ackermann to get over the climb and to be there for the sprint, which was a little bit disappointing for us but with another third place and the time bonuses it’s pretty handy for us.”

Tour of Gunagxi Stage 3 Results:
1. Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe) 3:19:21
2. Alexandr Riabushenko (UAE-Team Emirates) ST
3. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Tour of Gunagxi GC after Stage 3:
1. Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe) 9:57:45 
2. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:07

Photos courtesy of Getty Images.