Trentin fights on to take second place on the penultimate stage of the OVO Energy Tour of BritainFri 13 Sep 2019
Stage two winner Matteo Trentin gave it his all on the final uphill drag for today’s penultimate stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, however, the Mitchelton-SCOTT rider was unable to match the acceleration of Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), who claimed a second consecutive victory and extended his overall lead over Trentin.
Teammate Cameron Meyer animated the day, making it in to the breakaway with one other rider, before the battle for the overall title began with Trentin trying to get the better of Van der Poel.
With Van der Poel taking top bonus seconds on the finish line, Trentin now heads into tomorrow’s final stage in second place, 12seconds off the race lead.
A Fight To Get Into The Break
The stage began with a furious tempo with constant attacks, as numerous riders tried to make it into the breakaway.
Race leader Van der Poel sprinted to first place in the first intermediate sprint, with Trentin taking third which meant Van der Poel extended his overall lead out to eight-seconds.
Eventually, Meyer jumped away with Dylan van Baarle (Ineos) after 50kilometres of racing and the duo were able to open up a gap and hover around two-minutes ahead, with team Corendon-Circus having to lead a hard chase as Meyer moved into the virtual race lead.
The Challenge For the Stage Win
The gap to the leading duo began to plummet as the kilometres ticked down and eventually with 12kilometres to go, after a hard pace was set around the final hilly finishing laps, Meyer was caught by the bunch.
A group of four jumped away and hunted down the remaining solo leader Van Baarle, but the race returned back together just in time for the final battle up the last climb.
Van der Poel launched and Trentin fought to stay on the wheel, looking to pounce past him, but in the closing metres Van der Poel accelerated once again to claim a second consecutive victory, with Trentin having to settle for second place.
Matteo Trentin - Second Place Overall
"We tried to dislodge him (Van der Poel), we tried to put him under pressure but he proved one more time that this kind of finish really suits him and he is probably the best in the world at the moment on this kind of finish.
“I am still really happy, the guys rode really well and we actually did the plan really good. It was just a pity that Cameron was only with one-rider, Van Baarle, at the front otherwise it could be different race and maybe we could snatch the win with him or another guy.
“It was all down to the line and I am also happy with my performance, at least I could stay with him until the last corner.”
Matt Wilson - Sport Director
"It was an incredible ride all round from the guys, we had a plan to put him under pressure and put him under pressure from the start and we definitely did that. We gave Matteo a chance to beat him in the finish but he was just too good.”
OVO Energy Tour of Britain - Stage 7 Results:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) +4:07:49
2. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:01
3. Simon Clarke (EF Education First) +0:03
OVO Energy Tour of Britain - General Classification:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) 25:58:25
2. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:12
3. Jasper de Buyst (Lotto-Soudal) +0:40
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