Trentin backs up with another third on stage two of the Tour of Guangxi

Fri 18 Oct 2019

Italian Matteo Trentin backed up his third place on the opening stage of the Tour of Gunagxi with another third place on the second stage in Qinzhou.

The 30-year-old was left to negotiate a messy finale after being dropped into position by his Mitchelton-SCOTT teammates and the former stage winner eventually battled his way through to another top three finish.

Another Sprint Day

It was a standard start to the stage as three riders headed down the road to form the breakaway before the sprint teams capped their advantage at the 2’30” mark for most of the day.

The bunch slowly increased the tempo as the finale approached and the remains of the break were finally hauled back in with six kilometres remaining as the sprinter’s teams began to organise themselves.

Trentin was being kept safe by his Mitchelton-SCOTT squad, who again tactically left it late to move their sprinter into position. As the sprint opened up riders spread across the road and Trentin found himself up against the barriers before sneaking through a gap to take third behind winner Dan McLay (EF Education First).

Matteo Trentin:
It was a really messy one today! There was a bit of headwind with a massive 2.5km straight into the finish. I was placed really well by the guys, but I got a bit bumped by someone in the sprint.”

“It’s something that can happen in these situations. But I think tomorrow is a better chance for me as the circuit has a little kick finishing with 5km to go, so let’s see.”

Matt Wilson (Sports Director):
"It was a straightforward day with three riders in the break and the sprinter’s teams just controlled all day and it came back for a big sprint finale."

"It was very chaotic with it being an easy sprint and big, wide, fast roads. But the guys got Matteo into a good position and he got another third place which is fantastic."  

Tour of Gunagxi Stage 2 Results:
1. Dan McLay (EF Education First) 3:45:04
2. Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe) ST 
3. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Tour of Gunagxi GC after Stage 2:
1. Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe) 6:38:34 
2. Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) +0:02
4. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:04

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