Trentin triumphs on stage two of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain to move into the race leadSun 8 Sep 2019
Tour de France stage winner Matteo Trentin has continued his strong run of form, claiming the stage two victory today at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, in what was an exhilarating finale, catching a late escapee Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) just on the finish line.
Mitchelton-SCOTT animated the final of the race, shouldering a lot of the workload and setting a tempo to drop many of the pure sprinters. With the help of his teammates, the former European champion also grabbed some valuable bonus seconds along the route which helped him to move into the overall race lead after the second day of racing.
A trio escape early
After just 10kilometres of racing, three-riders attacked away from the bunch and formed the main breakaway of the day. With no threat to the peloton, the trio were able to extend their lead and hovered around two-minutes in front for most of the stage.
Team Jumbo-Visma contributed to a lot of the chasing early on, with Mitchelton-SCOTT coming forward and showing their intent after a dangerous duo sucessfully bridged across to the three leaders, as the race approached the final 30kilometres of racing.
After a high pace, the catch was finally made just in time for the final intermediate sprint with 25kilometres to go, where the Australian outfit helped Trentin secure maximum points and take important bonus seconds.
Pressure on the sprinters
With just one classified climb left, Mitchelton-SCOTT used the terrain to their advantage, setting a hard pace which saw many of the big named sprinters, like yesterday’s stage winner Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), drop from the front of the race.
The peloton significantly reduced in size with Mitchelton-SCOTT continuing to put the hammer down, not allowing any dropped riders to return to the front to set things up for Trentin.
After some late attacks, Dowsett chose a good moment to launch and with hesitation in the group, he quickly opened up a dangerous solo lead.
It was touch and go if Dowsett would make it to the finish line, but the front group timed their effort to perfection with Trentin able to power past the solo leader, just metres before the finish line, to take the stage two victory and move into the overall race lead and points classification lead.
Matteo Trentin - Stage 2 Winner
“It is a good feeling, winning is a good feeling. We worked so hard in the final, first to get rid of Groenewegen and then to not let him back.
"The guys were pulling really good and really hard today. They delivered me to the second to last corner and I was able to take the win.
“It wasn’t really easy to bring Dowsett back, when he attacked there was a moment of hesitation and he was really, really strong. Israel Cycling Academy also took over in the final and we got him back in sight, but I only caught him back with about 100metres to go."
OVO Energy Tour of Britain - Stage 2 Results:
1. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 3:55:53
2. Jasper de Buyst (Lotto-Soudal) ST
3. Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) ST
OVO Energy Tour of Britain - General Classification:
1. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 8:35:25
2. Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) +0:11
3. Jasper de Buyst (Lotto-Soudal) +0:11
Photo courtesy of Getty Images