Trentin in the mix once again for third place on stage five

Wed 10 Jul 2019

European Champion Matteo Trentin was in the mix once again as he sprinted to third place on stage five of the Tour de France.

The Italian got amongst the reduced bunch sprint for the win as the peloton was thinned out over the four categorised on run to Colmar, while Brit Adam Yates made it safely through the stage.

Big Fight

A big fight to get into the breakaway ensued as soon as the flag dropped for stage five with numerous attempts to head up the road coming and going inside the opening 20-kilometres. Eventually four riders were allowed to go clear, with the polka dot jersey of Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) amongst them.

The quartet stretched their advantage out to two minutes before the peloton capped the gap, with the day looking unlikely to be one for the breakaway. The escapees were allowed a maximum of just 2’30” as the teams with their eyes on the stage win controlled the pace.

As the race passed over the first of the two category-two ramps on the route to Colmar, it was clear that the peloton had no intention of letting the breakaway contest the win as the gap fell below two-minutes.

Reduced Sprint

Onto the penultimate climb of the day and the bunch was starting to thin out as the pure sprinter’s in the field began to find the pace too much on the 7.9-kilometre ascent. With the peloton closing in, Tom Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) attacked clear of his fellow escapees and crested the climb solo with the bunch passing over the summit less than a minute behind.

The final climb saw the end of the breakaway as more riders went out the back as they struggled with the high tempo being set at the head of the race. The bunch then flew down the descent and onto the flat run to the finish, but with teams setting up for a sprint, Rui Costa (UAE-Team Emirates) attacked with 7.5-kilometres remaining.

The former World Champion was eventually caught inside two-kilometres to go as teams began to organise themselves for the sprint. Daryl Impey was tasked with looking after Trentin and a strong lead out from the South African champion teed the Italian up for his kick to the line as he took third behind winner Peter Sagan (BORA – Hansgrohe).

Matteo Trentin:
“Yeah for sure it was a hard stage for the pure sprinters, like the guys who were at the front yesterday, it was always going to be tough for them today today.”

“It was a good pace, we knew that and in the end it came down to a sprint between the sprinters who can climb. If you see the top five, it was kind of expected that these guys would be at the front."

“I have to say that Daryl was perfect today, he brought me into the perfect position around the roundabout, but Sagan was just quicker. Sagan was on my wheel, so I think he anticipated my kick and that was enough, then Van Aert came from behind and it was a matter of centimetres for second.”

Matt White (Sports Director):
"I think the lead out we saw today was vintage Impey, it’s not the first time he’s done an incredible lead out like that and it was a very, very good effort to put Matteo in a good position."

"At the end of the day Matteo was just beaten by faster sprinters, Peter Sagan is one of the best and he showed why he’s won so many green jerseys at the Tour."

"We’re going to keep trying for certain stage wins, but tomorrow is a big day, I think were going to get our first glimpse of the GC guys and how they’re faring early on."

Tour de France 2019 Stage 5 Results:
1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) 4:02:33
2. Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) ST
3. Matteo Trebtin (Miitchelton-SCOTT) ST

General Classification After Stage 5:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) 18:44:12
2. Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) +0:14
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) +0:25
17. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:57

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