Trentin in the mix again as he sprints to fourth at the Tour de Suisse

Tue 18 Jun 2019

European champion Matteo Trentin was in the mix once more as he sprinted to fourth place on stage four of the Tour de Suisse.

The Italian had to launch his effort early after being forced to pull the brakes in the final corner for the second day running.

Another Chance

The fourth stage was seen as another opportunity for the fast men in the field, so long as they could make it over second and final climb of the day that topped out with less than 20-kilometres remaining.

Four riders once again took the chance to form the break of the day and the bunch were more than happy to see the quartet head down the road. The escapees opened up a maximum gap of over three minutes, but the sprinter’s team were keeping the advantage manageable at the head of the peloton.

The pace was then ramped up as the final climb approached and the gap to the four breakaway riders began to fall rapidly with BORA-hansgrohe doing most of the work on the front on behalf of race leader Peter Sagan.

The Final Test

The gap was down to 1’30” as the peloton passed through the finish line for the first time, with a local lap around Arlesheim and the final climb over Eichenberg still to negotiate. The breakaway soon began to fall apart on the climb and there was just one rider remaining over the top of the top with the peloton closing in quickly.

Trentin made it safely over the final obstacle of the day as the tempo over the climb saw the bunch reduced in size. Ethiopian Tsgabu Grmay was tasked with bringing the European champion to the fore and the Italian was sat second wheel as the peloton barrelled down the descent.

Several solo attempts came and went in the closing kilometres, but the sprinters weren’t going to pass up the opportunity for a stage win. As riders jockeyed for position Trentin found himself outside the top-15, leaving the 29-year-old to go long in his sprint, taking fourth behind winner Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick Step).

Matteo Trentin:
“After we did the downhill the first time it was clear that the more towards the front the better it would be. It was ‘easy’ then until three kilometres to go.”

“I was on the Trek-Segafredo train but into the last corner some riders came hard on the inside and I found myself stuck behind and I had to slowdown. I was 15-20 wheels bback and I had to launch my sprint from really far away. It was good as a sprint itself, but my start position was too far back.”

“Tomorrow is a harder and I think more designed for a breakaway to stay away, but let’s see what happens.”

Tour de Suisse Stage Four Results:
1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick Step) 3:46:02
2. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) ST
3. Peter Sagan (BORA – hansgrohe) ST
4. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

General Classification After Stage Four:
1. Peter Sagan (BORA – Hansgrohe) 11:37:28
2. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) +0:10
3. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck - Quick Step) +0:15
7. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:32

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