Trentin takes fourth place at Vuelta Ciclista MurciaSat 10 Feb 2018
2018 signing Matteo Trentin had a solid performance today at the Vuelta Ciclista Murcia to survive crosswind splits and challenging climbs to finish in a well fought out fourth place.
The front of the race continued to change and in the end it was Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) who came out on top, attacking away from Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in the final two kilometres to take a solo victory in Murcia.
In the opening stages an unexpected large front group of 40riders formed and as the wind picked up, a strong crosswind section blew the race to pieces and the group continued to split. Trentin was able to position himself well at the front and remain at the front to represent Mitchelton-SCOTT alongside four other riders.
Pressure from behind
With two key teams Astana and Movistar not present at the front, the race was on behind as Sanchez, Jacob Fugslang (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) waited before launching an attack on the first category climb with 45kilometres to go and quickly jumped across to the leading group of five.
Coming into the final section of the race, Valverde, Sanchez and Philippe Gilbert (Quickstep) attacked away from the group, unable to go with the acceleration Trentin remained with the chasers before sprinting to fourth place.
After recently suffering a broken rib, Trentin was quickly back into racing last week at the Tour of Valencia without any problems and today showed he is back in action at a top level, producing a solid performance on the challenging windy and hilly course.
Matteo Trentin - 4th Place
“It was a pretty tough race today and the beginning was kind of like a classic race. I was up there in the big group in the crosswind and it just continue to split and split and finished with just five of us at the front and we were riding well all together.
“When Valverde, Sanchez and Gilbert launched the move there was nothing to respond and I just had to continue to the finish and I am happy with the fourth place.”
Matt White - Head Sport Director
“It turned out a lot harder than we would have expected at the start, due to the 40man break. Matteo was in the group and Astana and Movistar had a big chase ahead of them. It was Quickstep who split the group in front and the group went down to just five riders.
"The big counter attack happened over the category one climb as Astana and Movistar set up their leaders. Matteo did a good job of hanging on over the climb in the front group.
"The most pleasing thing for us is three guys had a really good hit out with Chris Juul-Jensen and Roman Kreuziger in the second chase group and Matteo came from a broken rib not that long ago and it is really good for his preparation for the month coming up.”
Vuelta Ciclista Murcia results:
1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
3. Philippe Gilbert (Quickstep)
4. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT)
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