Matteo Trentin victorious at tenth stage of Vuelta a España
Aug 29 2017 05:03 pm CET

Matteo Trentin victorious at tenth stage of Vuelta a España
Matteo Trentin victorious at tenth stage of Vuelta a España
Photo of Matteo Trentin © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) has won the tenth stage of the Vuelta a España. The Italian battled Movistar's Jose Joaquin Rojas in the final sprint and crossed the finish line ahead of the Spaniard.

The tenth stage of the Spanish Grand Tour was a transition journey after the first rest day. The riders went through a route of 164.8 kilometres in the region of Murcia, that featured one climb of the third category leading to one of the first.

The day started with rain and that complicated the formation of an escape group. After 90 kilometres a breakaway of 20 riders was formed, including the wearer of the Green Jersey Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors).

The front group managed to create a gap of more than five minutes with a peloton that was at times pulled by Team Sky and at other times by Bahrain-Merida who wanted to set a good pace for Vincenzo Nibali. The Italian wanted to take advantage of a descent that suited him.

The Shark attacked as expected and even though Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) tried to stay in his wheel, his pace was too high for the Colombian. Meanwhile, in the front group Jaime Roson (Caja Rural), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Trentin and Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data), attacked and created a gap with the rest.

With around ten kilometres to go, Nibali was caught by Nicolas Roche (BMC) and the rest of the favourites' group and continued speeding down the mountain. In the front, Trentin and Rojas managed to leave Van Rensburg and later Roson behind and faced the last kilometres on their own.

In the last metres, Rojas was the first to launch the sprint and Trentin stayed in his wheel until he saw the moment to try his chances, showing that he was the strongest at the last moment.

Roche, who had continued to keep a high pace on the descent, finished with an advantage of 29 seconds compared to the other GC candidates. The BMC rider is still in third place but now has the same time as Esteban Chaves, both trailing Froome by 36 seconds.




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