Trentin starts the OVO Energy Tour of Britain off with a strong third place in the sprint

Sat 7 Sep 2019

Tour de France stage winner Matteo Trentin kick started the OVO Energy Tour of Britain off today for Mitchelton-SCOTT, with a strong sprint for third place on a lengthy opening stage won by Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma).

The breakaway animated most of the 201kilometre day with the peloton timing the catch well, ready for a bunch sprint. Mitchelton-SCOTT had numbers left in the final kilometre to deliver Trentin into a good position to contest the final fast kick to the line to get the race off to a solid start.

Six Successfully Breakaway

Within the opening 18kilometres of the first and longest stage of the eight-day race, six-riders attacked away from the peloton and were given the freedom to ride out to one and a half minutes.

With many teams keen on having a bunch sprint, the leaders were kept on a tight leash and always remained under the two-minute mark, despite the lengthy stage distance.

Team Jumbo-Visma shouldered a lot of the workload in leading the initial chase with other sprinter’s teams, such as Lotto-Soudal, Katusha-Alpecin and Team Sunweb, gradually adding more riders to contribute to the steady chase.

The Final Battle

The leading group reduced to four-riders inside 30kilometres to go, before losing one more over the final mountains prime, with their advantage slashed to just 20seconds as they entered the last 10kilometres.

The sprint teams timed their effort and finally swallowed up the remaining trio with seven-kilometres remaining and the scene was set for a bunch sprint finish.

Mitchelton-SCOTT Lead-out

Mitchelton-SCOTT directly headed to the front of the peloton once the catch was made, keeping Trentin in a good position, leading down the fast road by Jack Bauer, Edoardo Affini and then Alex Edmondson as the final lead-out man.

With three-kilometres to go, the team still had the three lead-out riders in position, with Trentin sitting in second wheel with 500metres to go. Trentin launched off the wheel of his teammate, opening up the sprint with around 250metres remaining but was just passed before the line by Groenewegen and Davide Cimolai (Isreal Cycling Academy) and claimed third place.

Matteo Trentin

“The guys were perfect today, we had a plan to smash it on the downhill, go in one single line and go from the corner as fast as we could. Me and Edmo were then surfing the wheels and try to make it into the sprint. That is what we did and it was really, really good.

“For the sprint itself, I saw Groenewegen was on my wheel so I knew it would be really difficult to win. I launched just outside of 200metres to go and he came past me and that was the end of the story.

“It was a good opening, the team worked really well, my legs are a little bit better than I expected because I had a good block of training this week. I was looking to get into the real rhythm in a couple of day, so I am really happy with this start and lets see in the next couple of days.”

OVO Energy Tour of Britain - Stage 1 Results:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) 4:39:49
2. Davide Cimolai (Isreal Cycling Academy) ST
3. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

OVO Energy Tour of Britain - General Classification after Stage 1:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) 
2. Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb) +0:03
3. Davide Cimolai (Isreal Cycling Academy) +0:04
6. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:06

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