Trentin jumps back into the race lead after a third place finish on stage 5 at the Tour of BritainWed 11 Sep 2019
Stage two winner Matteo Trentin has moved himself back into the overall race lead at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, after sprinting to third place and picking up valuable bonus seconds on the finish line of stage five today.
It was Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma) who took the stage honours in another bunch sprint finish and now, after five days of racing, Trentin sits three seconds ahead of his nearest overall rival, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), heading into tomorrow’s individual time trial stage.
Four Form The Day’s Break
Like all of the previous stages, a breakaway group established within the opening 15kilometres of the day. Four-riders headed away from the bunch and hovered around the two-minute mark.
Team Jumbo-Visma and Corendon-Circus took the responsibility at the front of the bunch to control the distance to the leaders. The advantage to the quartet dropped back under one-minute with around 50kilometres to go, the hard chase behind and a strong headwind not playing into the advantage of the escapees.
Just two riders remained ahead with 20kilometres remaining and Mitchelton-SCOTT headed to the front to begin to help with the chase.
The day was finally over for the remaining breakaway riders with six-kilometres to go and Mitchelton-SCOTT remained at the front, following moves and keeping Trentin in a good position to try for the stage win.
All To Gain
On a slight uphill drag to the line, the sprint teams came forward and it was the usual battle for the stage win. Trentin was able to finish inside the top three to take four important bonus seconds and leap-frog yesterday’s stage winner Van der Poel to move back into the race lead with three-stages remaining.
“I’m back in the jersey and luckily for the team it is a time trial tomorrow so they don’t need to ride on the front all day again. The plan was to sit back a bit today, the guys rode amazingly the last couple of days, they deserved a rest and they need a rest.
"As I said before, in this race you don't have one single day of breathing and when you have the leader’s jersey it is another extra workload to support it. You could see also Corendon-Circus today, they had to ride to try and keep the jersey, they didn't want to give the jersey away that easily.
“With Van der Poel you can guess he will be good tomorrow, nobody really knows how he goes in a time trial but I think he is going to be good.
“Lets see, the time trial is going to be a bit more of a defence for me because I have never been that good in time trials but I have good legs so I am hoping it is going to be a good day.”
Matt Wilson - Sport Director
“We knew that Trentin was going to be one of the faster guys for the final today. Obviously Groenewegen was the fastest and it would be very hard to beat him but second or third was definitely up for grabs today.
“It is great that Trentin was able to get third and that he is back in the lead, he now has a healthy lead of 22seconds over most of the time trial favourites for the stage tomorrow, so it is going to be a very very interesting GC after tomorrow, that’s for sure."
OVO Energy Tour of Britain - Stage 5 Results:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma) 3:57:21
2. Matthew Walls (Great Britain) ST
3. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
OVO Energy Tour of Britain - General Classification:
1. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 21:33:55
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) +0:03
3. Jasper de Buyst (Lotto-Soudal) +0:10
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