Trentin fourth again in stage five sprint at Tour de Suisse

Wed 19 Jun 2019

European champion Matteo Trentin finished fourth for the second day running as the sprinter’s took their chance on stage five of the Tour de Suisse.

The Italian fought his way over the climbs to be in contention for the kick to the line and the 29-year-old held on for another top-five result in the uphill drag to the finish in Einsiedeln.

Another Chance

Three riders jumped clear of the peloton in the opening kilometres and quickly opened up a gap of 2’40” on a bunch that seemed happy enough to allow the trio to head down the road.

The day had been earmarked as a potential one for the breakaway but with just three riders getting away the stage was looking like a final chance for the fast men, as long as they could make it over the two categorised climbs in the final 40-kilometres.

As the escapees hit the slopes of the category-two climb, their advantage stood at 1’30” with BORA-hansgrohe controlling the pace in the bunch for race leader Peter Sagan. With the gap coming down the break then began to attack each other and just one rider remained over the top.

Sprint Ahead

The advantage for the lone leader was just 40-seconds as the race passed through the finish line for the first time and it was all back together with 13-kilometres remaining as teams began to get organised for another fast finish.

Trentin made it safely over the climbs and move into position towards the head of the bunch after some strong work from Alex Edmondson and Sam Bewley, with another uphill sprint finish looking inevitable.

As the pack charged into the final kilometre Trentin was sat fourth wheel and ready to launch his kick for the line but the European champion couldn’t match the pace of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick Step) as crossed the line in fourth.

Matteo Trentin:
"The stage was hard on paper, but even with a really fast start only a small group went away. Then we cruised along at a fast for most of the day. The two climbs near the finish weren’t hard enough to shake the sprinters so it clear that it was going to come down to a normal bunch sprint again."

"Today Edmo and Bewley did a really good job to drop me into contention at 1.5-kilomteres to go. I surfed the wheels and I was on the wheel of Viviani, but to be honest, when Richeze went I didn’t have enough to keep the speed and I came out from the last corner a bit over geared and it was game over."

"I can be happy with my performances in the opening stages as I was always there to contest the victory. For sure I need to improve my sprint, but that was the plan already. From tomorrow it will be more like a four day training and suffering block and then I think I will be ready."

Tour de Suisse Stage Five Results:
1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick Step) 4:18:26
2. Peter Sagan (BORA – hansgrohe) ST
3. Jasper Stuyven (Trek – Segafredo) ST
4. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

General Classification After Stage Five:
1. Peter Sagan (BORA – Hansgrohe) 15:55:48
2. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) +0:14
3. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck - Quick Step) +0:21
6. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:38

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