Trentin 5th and Yates makes the right side of the split on stage 6

Thu 30 Aug 2018

European champion Matteo Trentin has sprinted to fifth place on stage six of the Vuelta a Espana today as wind and crashes took their toll on the bunch in the closing 25km of racing. 

Trentin hit out early in the final sprint but was caught just ahead of the line by winner Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) before he sat up for fifth place.

Mitchelton-SCOTT leader Simon Yates was positioned well by his teammates in the final phase of the day, making the front group of 50riders as the peloton split into pieces, leaving some of his general classification contenders behind. 

Set for the sprint:
A trio of riders braved the heat in the breakaway on stage six, but Quickstep Floors took responsibility immediately at the front of the bunch and they never gained more than four minute’s advantage.

As the race entered the final 50km, the peloton was inside one minute from the breakaway but they slowed down the pace to ensure the catch wasn’t made too early.

A tense run in:
The catch was made with 25km still left to race, but that was just the start.

As teams fought for the front of the bunch, the tension rose, and with good reason with a mid-pack crash shortly after.

The disruption, in combination with expected wind, saw the peloton split into echelons with Yates and Trentin making the front split with teammates Jack Haig and Michael Albasini.

As the race entered the final kilometres, Trentin positioned himself for the sprint. The European champion hit the front early and was passed just ahead of the line, settling for fifth place.

Behind, general classification contenders Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Welco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) were caught out, losing one-minute 44seconds on the remainder of the favourites who made the front group.

Matteo Trentin, 5th place:
We knew there was a possibility for wind in the final and we had Simon in the front which was a good start for the team and I was also there for the sprint.  

I was a little bit more in the front but it was chaotic so it was better to be in the front than the back but I still needed a little bit more power in the sprint because Bouhanni was faster. 

“It was a good day for the team. Simon was there, I was there, we got a little result and Simon has gained some time on a couple of the other GC riders.

La Vuelta Stage 6 Results:
1. Nacer Bauhanni (Cofidis) 3:58:35
2. Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) ST
3. Elia Vivani (Quickstep Floors) ST
5. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

La Vuelta General Classification after Stage 6:
1. Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) 22:26:15
2. Michal Kwiatowski (Team Sky) +0:41
3. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +0:48
4. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:51 

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