Victory for Matteo Trentin at fourth stage of Vuelta a España
Aug 22 2017 11:48 pm CET

Victory for Matteo Trentin at fourth stage of Vuelta a España
Victory for Matteo Trentin at fourth stage of Vuelta a España
Photo of Matteo Trentin © BrakeThrough Media

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) has won the fourth stage of the Vuelta a España. The Italian was the strongest at the final sprint.

The fourth stage of the Spanish Grand Tour was 198.2 kilometres long between Escaldes-Engordany and Tarragona. The arrival of the race to Spain followed a flat route that was bound to finish in a bunch sprint.

The day started with an escape of five riders. Stephane Rosetto (Cofidis), Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana Postobon), Johan Le Bon (FDJ), Diego Rubio and Nicholas Schulz (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) managed to create a gap of more than six minutes with the peloton.

At the only climb of the day, of the third category, Rossetto attacked and the only rider of the breakaway that was able to stay with him was Rubio. The duo stayed ahead together and the rest of the former escape group was soon caught by the pack.

The last kilometres included crashes of riders like Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), Mark Christian (Aqua Blue Sport), Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale), Jelle Wallays (Lotto-Soudal), and Daniel Moreno (Movistar)

With seven kilometres to go, the escapees were caught and the pack organised ahead of the final sprint. The approach to the finish line had several sharp corners and LottoNL-Jumbo's Juanjo Lobato was the first to start the sprint, but Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) showed to be stronger and took the stage victory.

Lobato crossed second and Tom van Asbroeck (Cannondale-Drapac) third.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) keeps the Red Jersey for another day.




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