Top-10 for Trentin at EuroEyes Cyclassics HamburgSun 25 Aug 2019
Italian Matteo Trentin sprinted to a top-10 finish as the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg concluded with the expected sprint finale.
The former European champion followed the attacks over the Waseberg climb, but the sprint teams made sure the day ended in a bunch kick, with Trentin crossing the line in seventh.
The bunch rolled out of Hamburg under sunny skies and it wasn’t long before a breakaway was established on the run out of the city. With a sprint finish expected at the end of the day, just four riders braved the move with the sprint teams happy to see a small break go away.
The quartet opened up an advantage of over 10-minutes inside the first 50-kilometres as the bunch sat up and allowed the escapees to drift down the road. Mitchelton-SCOTT were content to sit in the peloton as the sprinter’s team amassed at the head of the field to control the gap.
It was a steady pace for much of the day until the race passed through the finish line for the first time. The gap to the break had now fallen to below five minutes and their numbers had dropped to three as the pace began to ramp up behind them.
As the Waseberg climb approached, veteran Michael Albasini moved to the fore with Trentin in tow as the bunch began to fight for position into the foot of the ascent. As expected, attacks began to roll off the front of the pack on the slopes, but nobody could give the peloton the slip as it came back together on the descent.
The remains of the break were mopped up with 21-kilometres remaining and the next passage of the Waseberg loomed. Just like on the previous time up the climb, riders began to fire off attacks with Trentin alert and following the numerous moves.
The repeated attacks split the already reduced bunch apart, but it all came back together on the run towards the finish. Youngster Rob Stannard and Albasini were tasked with dragging Trentin into position for the finale, but the Italian found himself boxed in as Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick Step) sprinted to victory.
"I followed the attacks because the race was really hard and the front group was really small. I saw one guy per team going, so I thought if it’s going to stick it’s going to stick this time, it’s not going to stick any other way."
"But there wasn’t much cooperation so I decided to knock the gas off and it came back together. Hamburg is always difficult, you need to jump on the wheels and hope the wheel you pick is the right one and in my case it wasn’t. The sprint was just chaotic and I think in the end the strongest sprinter won."
Matt White (Head Sports Director):
"It was pretty standard day today, the breakaway went early but the difference was that the break really went on with it and at one stage they had 10-minutes. They kept driving it hard and it caused a pretty frantic chase from about 100-kilometres to go."
"Stand out riders today for us were our captain Michael Albasini and neo-pro Rob Stannard who were in the final supporting Trentin, and Matteo did a solid ride for seventh place."
"Everyone who was there is basically the sprinters who are not at the Vuelta, so there is a lot deeper field in Hamburg sprint wise than there is at the Vuelta, so it was solid ride by Matteo for seventh."
EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg 2019 Results:
1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick Step) 4:47:27
2. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) ST
3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Team Dimension Data) ST
7. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:01
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