Trentin attacks the final and sprints to sixth in Gp Bruno BeghelliSun 7 Oct 2018
European champion Matteo Trentin was aggressive throughout the final of today’s Gp Bruno Beghelli before a late attacker stayed away to steal a solo victory with Trentin sprinting behind into sixth place.
After various moves formed in the closing lap with Trentin often forcing them, a well timed attack by Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) saw him gain enough distance to hold off the chasers and steal the one-day race victory.
It was an active start and on the flat opening section of the race and after many attacks, a nine rider group was able to breakaway and ride out to over four minutes ahead of the peloton.
Bahrain-Merida along with Mitchelton-SCOTT worked to control the distance and once the race entered the final finishing circuit, ready to complete 10 local laps, their advantage was back within striking distance, hovering around two minutes ahead.
Peloton means business
With two laps remaining the breakaway began to break up and one rider, Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy), jumped away solo and lead over the climb. Behind the peloton picked up the pace and eventually the race was all back together again with less than 25km remaining.
Immediately fresh attacks came and Trentin worked to put himself into a promising move alongside eight others with 20km to go and continued to put in the effort to help the group get away. They opened up a small gap, but without complete commitment from all riders they hovered just 25seconds ahead with the peloton on high alert behind.
Trentin on the attack
The final time up the climb, the reduced peloton made the catch but immediately after Trentin went on the attack once again, forcing the peloton to string out in one long line before splitting for another time.
Another different combination of riders were able to gain a small gap with Trentin present once again and working hard. Mollema chose the right moment to counter attack and held on for the race win.
Matteo Trentin - Sixth place
“Of course I am disappointed, the legs were there to take a win and the mind also. The team was amazing today, we were never on the back foot, we chased from the start with Carlos Verona and Lucas Hamilton and the other guys were always helping me and being there when needed.
"It was a pity because when we attacked with two laps to go there was not collaboration from all guys in the breakaway and the same thing when we went on the last climb, it was a good group to contest the finish between us. Chapeau to Mollema because he was actually really strong, he attacked three or four times, he was always then and then got it right in the end.
"The sprint wasn’t great for me, I was boxed in and could only sprint 50metres but it wasn’t for the win, sixth place doesn’t make me happy, because we were racing to win but we have another opportunity in a few days time with Tre Valli Varesine. It is abit of a harder race but I have good legs so I think I can be there also.”
Gp Bruno Beghelli results:
1. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)
2. Carlos Barbero (Movistar)
3. Manuel Belletti (Androni-Giocattoli)
6. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT)
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