Trentin features in the break & Yates guided through safely on stage 5 of La Vuelta

Wed 29 Aug 2018

After a long, hard battle European champion Matteo Trentin featured in the day’s main breakaway on stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana

The Mitchelton-SCOTT rider was part of a 25-rider move that established after a 60km fight by the peloton but after assessing the climbing ability of the group, the 29-year-old dropped back to the bunch to save his efforts for a better suited stage.

Simon Clarke (Education First-Drapac) won the stage in the three-up sprint from the initial breakaway, whilst team leader Simon Yates was guided safely across the line in the main peloton almost five minutes down.

What a fight:
Interest was high to make the day’s breakaway thanks to a lumpy parcours that was difficult, if not impossible, to control. 

It took 60km of racing for the elastic to finally snap as 25 riders moved ahead to gain a two-minute advantage. It was worth the effort, as the gap extended it was soon clear they would contest for the stage win. 

Active in his pursuit to force the break, Trentin was rewarded for his efforts by making the initial group. But, after the attacks started from within early and a 10km final climb to come, the Italian and sport director David McPartland decided it was best to drop back to the bunch and save his energy for another day.

Clarke, Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo) and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing Team) were the strongest climbers and stayed together down the descent, but was Clarke too strong in the sprint to the line. 

Bunch settle in behind:
Once the break eventually established, the peloton settled into an easier tempo. 

Having worked to defend their race lead over the previous hot days, Team Sky were content to relinquish the red jersey to the breakaway and there was no longer any need to close the gap as the rolled to the finish line.

Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ), who finished sixth on the stage eight seconds behind Clarke, moved into the race lead after the peloton crossed the line almost five minutes in arrears.

The Frenchman now leads Michal Kwiatowski (Team Sky) by one-minute one-second, with Yates dropping down to fourth overall another ten seconds adrift. 

Matteo Trentin:
“It was the plan to see how it would be at the start because we knew it would be hard to control and in the end we saw it became impossible. 

“I was actually feeling good today and I gave it a try but to be honest I understood straight away it wasn’t my day because it was a big breakaway with a lot of climbers. 

“When they started to attack, I just sat on with the group and didn’t work and at that point it didn’t matter if I stayed there or not. Maybe I could have stayed there for longer, but I would have been dropped on the final climb and tomorrow is a sprint, so together with Macca (McPartland) we decided to let it go, go back to the bunch to rest and have a look at tomorrow.” 

La Vuelta – Stage 5 Results:
1. Simon Clarke (Education First – Drapac) 4:36:07
2. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) ST
3. Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing Team) ST
33. Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +4:55 

La Vuelta – General Classification after Stage 5:
1. Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) 18:27:20
2. Michal Kwiatowski (Team Sky) +1:01
3. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +1:08
4. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:11

Photo courtesy of Photo Gomez Sport.