Trentin sprints to fifth and retains his overall lead at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain on day three

Mon 9 Sep 2019

Yesterday’s stage winner Matteo Trentin sprinted to fifth place for Mitchelton-SCOTT on today’s uphill drag for the third stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain and successfully retains the overall race leader's jersey.

It was another exciting finale as a six-rider breakaway was only caught with one-kilometre to go before a hard punchy uphill finish, where Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) came out on top.

Mitchelton-SCOTT once again buried themselves to give Trentin an opportunity in the final and his chance to maintain the overall race lead.

Six-escape early

Like yesterday’s stage, attacks flew from the peloton directly at the start and after just 15kilometres of racing a group of six-riders broke away.

The escapees rode out to just under four-minutes with Mitchelton-SCOTT taking the responsibility at the head of the peloton, setting the tempo to keep the leaders within a good striking distance.

A short delay

The leaders maintained their advantage ahead, with Team Jumbo-Visma eventually coming forward and helping with the chase steady. Suddenly the riders faced and unexpected break, when a train crossing forced the race to be neutralised for 20minutes with around 30kilometres to go. The race eventually restarted with the breakaway just under three-minutes in front.

Touch and go

Neo-pro Edoardo Affini continued to power on at front of the peloton with Jack Bauer and Luke Durbridge all coming forward and setting a hard tempo but with 10kilometres remaining, the six-leaders still maintained their gap and held onto a one-minute lead. 

Israel Cycling Academy and Lotto-Soudal felt the pressure and also sent riders to help Team Jumbo-Visma and Mitchelton-SCOTT with the workload, and finally with just one-kilometre to go, the race was all back together again in time for a bunch sprint.

Trentin surfed the wheels and sprinted to fifth place behind Groenewegen, who claimed a convincing victory. Trentin remains as the race leader with a seven-second advantage of second place going into tomorrow's fourth stage.

Matteo Trentin - Race Leader

"It was a really good job from everyone today, especially Edoardo and Bauer. I was in a good place for the sprint but Edmondson was squeeze on the barrier so he couldn't keep the speed high and there were that three-seconds of slow down. Groenewegen came from behind and Cimolai and they started already at higher speed.

"The jersey is still in our hands and tomorrow will be a hell of a hectic day, so we will do our best to come out still on top of GC."

Matt Wilson - Sport Director

“The guys rode really well today, they took control from the start of the race and led the peloton most of the day before a really big effort in the final to bring the breakaway riders back in time for a sprint.

"It wasn’t another stage win for Trentin but we’re pleased he is still in the race leader’s jersey and it’s going to be a tough few days to come." 

OVO Energy Tour of Britain - Stage 3 Results:

1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma) 4:37:53
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) ST
3. Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy)  ST
5. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

OVO Energy Tour of Britain - General Classification:

1. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 13:13:18
2. Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) +0:07
3. Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) +0:11

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