Trentin sprints to fifth in his debut of the European jersey at EuroEyes Cyclassic Hamburg

Sun 19 Aug 2018

Newly crowned European champion Matteo Trentin sprinted to fifth place today for Mitchelton-SCOTT whilst wearing his new European jersey for the first time at the EuroEyes Cyclassic Hamburg.

Like many previous editions, the race finished with a bunch sprint where the 29-year-old took fifth place against some stiff competition with Italian champion Elia Viviani (Quickstep-Floors) taking another win in the event.

First move of the day

After 30km of racing completed a group of five riders established the first breakaway of the day and continued to work together to increase their advantage.

The leaders remained in front for most of the day with the time gap finally reducing from over four minutes down to just one minute with 30km to go as they completed the Waseberg climb.

Breakaway gets caught

With 18km to go the breakaway riders were finally swallowed up and fresh attacks came and with just 12km left, South African champion Daryl Impey jumped into a dangerous move alongside around nine other riders.

The group wasn't able to increase their lead to more than 30seconds and continued to fight on hard, however they were caught by the fast chasing peloton with just five kilometres to go, as Mitchelton-SCOTT worked to position Trentin for a sprint.

Trentin surfed the wheels in the final kilometres and sprinted to a respectable fifth place against many pure sprinters.

Matteo Trentin

"I got a little bit boxed between 500m or 400metres to go, fifth place is not the best place I could have but also not too far. I think Viviani and Arnaud Demare (FDJ) were very fast today.

"I am happy to be getting back in to it, it was a very good sprinting move and also we had good feedback from the work I did with Luka Mezgec and also with the other guys. 

"I think we raced perfectly with the other guys keeping us at the front and with Daryl going into the attack. It was a race we wanted to and we did it pretty good.

"For sure it gave me a good boost of moral to have the jersey, after the accident I was a little in fear to risk too much but today I had that extra motivation for sure."

 EuroEyes Cyclassic Hamburg results:

1. Elia Viviani (Quickstep-Floors) 4:46
2. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) ST
3. Alexandre Kristoff (UAE) ST
5. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

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