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