Trentin takes 12th in technical sprint finish to stage three of the Tour de SuisseMon 17 Jun 2019
European champion Matteo Trentin had to settle for 12th in a hectic sprint finish to stage three of the Tour de Suisse.
The Italian was looking to back up his strong third place finish on the opening road stage of the tour, but found himself boxed-in on a technical uphill run to the line in Murten.
After a hilly stage two, the third day of racing presented a largely flat profile with just two category-three climbs to contend with for the peloton, the last of which topped out with more than 50-kilometres remaining.
Four riders formed the break of the day and the quartet opened up a maximum advantage of just over three minutes as the sprinter’s team looked to keep them on a tight leash and set it up for a sprint finale.
As the race passed over the final climb of the day the gap to the escapees began to fall, with the peloton lifting the pace as the breakaway began to tire. The four leaders managed to make it through the final intermediate sprint ahead on the bunch, but their numbers began to reduce soon after.
The solo leader was eventually mopped up by the peloton with six-kilometres remaining as the sprint trains began to get organised ahead of the tricky and uphill run to the line.
Trentin was being kept to the fore by his Mitchelton-SCOTT teammates and the Italian moved on the wheel of Peter Sagan (BORA – hansgrohe) with less than two-kilometres to go as the riders battled for position on the twisty run-in.
But as the sprint opened up Trentin found himself boxed-in and was left with nowhere to go as the pack rounded a tight left-hand bend with 200-metres remaining. With no space to move up on the narrow ramp to the line, the 29-year-old was forced to settle for 12th with Sagan sprinting to victory.
"It was a really dangerous and technical finish today. We knew the last corner was crucial to have a chance in the sprint, and we tried to get there in a good position. But I was just boxed in before the turn and I had to pull the brakes so my chance to do a good sprint was gone."
"But tomorrow is another day and another chance for me. The team did a great job for me today, so hopefully we can be there again in the sprint tomorrow."
Tour de Suisse Stage Three Results:
1. Peter Sagan (BORA – hansgrohe) 3:39:25
2. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick Step) ST
3. John Degenkolb (Trek - Segafredo) ST
12. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
General Classification After Stage Three:
1. Peter Sagan (BORA – Hansgrohe) 7:51:31
2. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck - Quick Step) +0:10
3. Rohan Dennis (Bahrain Merida) +0:11
7. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:27
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