Trentin third for the fourth time in five stages at the Tour of GuangxiMon 21 Oct 2019
Italian Matteo Trentin sprinted to his fourth third place finish in five stages as the penultimate day of the Tour of Gunagxi ended in another sprint finale.
Trentin was in the mix once again on the same stage he triumphed on 12 months ago, but the 30-year-old was out paced by the pure sprinters in the field as he crossed the line in third.
It was a routine start to proceedings as a four-rider breakaway established itself in the early kilometres. The escapees were allowed a maximum advantage of five-minutes before the sprint teams, with the help of Mitchelton-SCOTT, began to reel them back in.
The race burst into life over the final climb of the day as the remains of the break were caught following some strong pace making from Australian duo Nick Schultz and Alex Edmondson. A counter attack was soon launched as three riders initially forged clear before a select group formed over the summit.
Trentin was distanced over the top but made his way to the front and into a small leading group on the descent. However, the peloton quickly reeled the attackers back in and the numbers continued to swell at the head of the race with another sprint finish on the cards.
Neo-pro Callum Scotson was tasked with keeping Trentin safe in the closing kilometres as the sprint teams began to organise themselves. Trentin fought his way onto Pascal Ackermann’s (BORA – hansgrohe) wheel as the kick for the line opened up, but it was Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) who outsprinted them all to take the win.
"I have to say it’s quite annoying being third again, especially when the team rode good as they did today. The group I was in after the climb was good but nobody was really willing to ride."
"Tomorrow is the last chance of the season. I’m hoping to get those two spots better to finish with a bang."
Matt Wilson (Sports Director):
“The plan for today was to make it as hard as possible on the climbs and see if we could get rid of the other sprinters. It played out that Matteo got away in a group of 12, but it was unfortunate that the others didn’t want to work, there was nothing to achieve for the other guys.”
“So it all came back together and we had a sprint, we were hoping it would be a bit more selective than it was. But it’s another third, Matteo has been very, very consistent and we look to tomorrow for one last chance.”
Tour of Guangxi Stage 5 Results:
1. Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) 5:13:42
2. Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe) ST
3. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
Tour of Gunagxi GC after Stage 5:
1. Enric Mas (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 19:04:32
2. Dani Martinez (EF Education First) 00:01
16. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +00:53
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