Trentin battles on as stage four of the Tour of Gunagxi turns into GC fight

Sun 20 Oct 2019

The tough final climb proved too much for Italian Matteo Trentin as stage four of the Tour of Guangxi descended into a general classification fight.

The day came down to a battle on the brutal slopes up to the Nongla Scenic Area as expected, with Trebtin bravely clinging on before being distanced by the pure climbers in the field.

Three Away

It was a familiar sight in the opening kilometres as three riders went clear to form the breakaway for the fourth day in-a-row. The peloton kept the trio at a manageable distance throughout the stage with the move always likely to come back before the climb.

Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo) was the last man standing from the escapees when he was swept up with 17km remaining as teams began to fight for position with the climb approaching.

Final Test

Italian Edoardo Affini gave one last turn heading into the foot of the climb, while Australian Nick Schultz was hit by a mechanical and was forced into a bike change with Alex Edmondson, leaving Trentin to battle on alone.

The Italian dug deep to make it into the initial selection as the pace ramped up, but the 30-year-old couldn’t follow as the attacks began to roll, eventually crossing the line 1’02” down on stage winner Enric Mas (Deceuninck – Quick Step).

Matteo Trentin:
“With the climb being longer by 1.4km it was just a case of losing the least amount of time as possible. Also the gradient of the climb was not in my favour as the double digits don’t suit me at all.

"I think I did a good ride but as predicted it was not enough. Tomorrow is another opportunity for a win so we will give it a go again."

Tour of Gunagxi Stage 4 Results:
1. Enric Mas (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 3:52:53
2. Dani Martinez (EF Education First) 00:01
23. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:02

Tour of Gunagxi GC after Stage 4:
1. Enric Mas (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 13:50:50
2. Dani Martinez (EF Education First) 00:01
19. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +00:57

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