Trentin stays attentive throughout E3 BinckBank Classic and takes seventh placeFri 29 Mar 2019
European champion Matteo Trentin today sprinted to seventh-place in the one-day E3 BinckBank Classic from a select chase group on the road after a winning move with five riders contested the victory.
Trentin was consistent throughout the day riding at the front of the race and making the main elite section over the Paterberg, until an attack from Van Avermaet on the final climb of the day proved just a little too much and the Italian found himself in the second group on the road coming into the finish.
In the end it was Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quickstep) who claimed the victory sprinting from a group of five with Trentin’s group crossing the line one minute behind, sprinting for sixth position.
Eight-riders formed the early break
At the start of the ‘mini’ Tour of Flanders there were plenty of attacks but it took over 50kilometres until the elastic snapped and a group of eight-riders were able to breakaway from the peloton.
The group rode out to a maximum advantage of five minutes as they headed over the first cobble sections and climbs of the 203kilometre day.
Trentin makes the first crucial split
Over the seventh climb of the day, the Taaienberg, the hammer went down for the first time with Trentin always alert and towards the front of the group as they headed over the top and the peloton split for a brief moment with the lead group hovering just one-minute in front.
Bob Jungles (Deceuninck-Quickstep) shortly after picked his moment when the escapees came within striking distance and attacked, successfully bridging across to the leaders and soon after their advantage quickly increased back out to more than one minute.
Chris Juul-Jensen led Trentin thought the narrow roads as they leaded towards the important Paterberg, where a elite selection was made up the steep cobbled slopes. Trentin found himself in good company as they then headed up and over the Kwaremont with now just four riders in the lead.
The final crucial attacks
With 30km to go Jungles attacked again away from the breakaway and led Trentin’s select group of 11riders by 40seconds as he headed towards the final climb of the day, the Tiegemberg.
Greg van Avermaet (CCC) made a big move and jumped away with three others over the climb, as Trentin fought hard behind but the gaps opened up and quickly the group of four broke away.
This proved to be the race winning move as Trentin’s chase group of five riders never made contact again with the front riders despite hovering close behind all the way to the finish.
The front four caught Jungles and battled it out for the race win, with Trentin sprinting in for seventh but showing promising signs ahead of the next big classics races.
“I was there but just miss that two seconds on the Tiegemberg and then the race was away. When Greg went it was just that little too much for me. We went on the top probably with four second and from there we chased and chased and chased but we were losing small seconds every kilometre.
“I'm quite happy with my day but of course being there in the first group to challenge for the win was the goal. On to the next one!”
Laurenzo Lapage - Sport Director
“Today was a race that wasn’t really hard before the final, it was sunny and no wind. Trentin was always in a good position and on the critical points and on the Paterberg and the Oude Kwaremont he was in a good position.
"Then just went Van Avermaert went on the last climb, over the top he just missed him by a few metres. Then Deceuninck-Quickstep they had numbers there for the final and then they started to play."
E3 BinckBank Classic Results:
1. Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quickstep) 4:46:05
2. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) ST
3. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) ST
7. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:04
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