Trentin battles over the climbs to third on stage two of the Tour de Suisse

Sun 16 Jun 2019

European Champion Matteo Trentin sprinted to third place from the chasing group after battling over climbs on stage two of the Tour de Suisse.

The Italian managed to make it back into the reduced peloton after being distanced on the final climbs before contesting the bunch kick for second behind solo winner Luis León Sánchez (Astana Pro Team).

Hills Ahead

The peloton faced two categorised climbs on each lap of a three-lap route around Langnau im Emmental on the opening road stage of the tour, and it didn’t take long for a breakaway to establish itself as four riders headed clear of the bunch over the first climb of the day.

The four leaders were kept on a tight leash by a peloton led by Bahrain Merida, with four minutes the maximum advantage gained before Claudio Imhof (Switzerland) attacked his fellow escapees to go solo midway through the 159.6-kilometre stage.

The local rider held a gap of around two minutes as the race moved onto the final lap, but a bike swap saw his advantage tumble rapidly. The race came back together with 37-kilometres to go as Astana Pro Team moved to the head of the bunch and upped the pace on the penultimate climb.

The Finale

The injection of pace soon whittled down the peloton as the teams with general classification aspirations moved to the fore. Omar Fraile (Astana Pro Team) was the first rider to launch an attack off the front and the Spaniard went solo over the top before two more riders bridged across on the descent.

The trio had a slender gap of 20-seconds as they hit the foot of the final climb and with the bunch closing in Fraile went solo again. However, the race was back together before the summit, with a reduced pack of 30 riders remaining at the head of the race.

With a lull in the tempo a chasing group containing Trentin swelled the numbers while Sánchez took the chance to attack. The veteran swiftly opened up a 30-second buffer and with the chase stalling he was able to hold the bunch at bay to take the win as Trentin sprinted to third in the kick for the remaining podium places.

Matteo Trentin:
“The stage was pretty hard because I haven’t race for over a month, so I was pretty surprised to see how I’m going at the moment and I’m quite happy with my performance today.”

“I was just behind the first group over the top together with Alba so I’m happy with how I climbed today and I didn’t expect to be that good to be honest.”

“When Luis Leon went away, Alba was just behind and was the only one riding and there were teams with more than four guys in the front group so we just decided to stay together and let them work, but they didn’t.

“I’m happy with my form and my sprint was alright, Sagan was just a little bit faster, but as a first race back I’m happy with my performance.”

Tour de Suisse Stage Two Results:
1. Luis León Sánchez (Astana Pro Team) 4:01:21
2. Peter Sagan (BORA – hansgrohe) +0:06
3. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

General Classification After Stage Two:
1. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck - Quick Step) 4:12:16
2. Peter Sagan (BORA – Hansgrohe) ST
3. Rohan Dennis (Bahrain Merida) +0:01
17. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:17

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