Tour de France - Matteo Trentin: It was a really emotional finish
Jul 24 2019 11:50 pm CET

Tour de France - Matteo Trentin: It was a really emotional finish
Tour de France - Matteo Trentin: It was a really emotional finish
Matteo Trentin © Mary Cárdenas /

Matteo Trentin has taken the victory of the 17th stage of the Tour de France. The Italian rider of Mitchelton-Scott crossed the finish line on his own.

The third win in the French grand tour for Trentin came after he made a move from the escape group in the last climb of the day. After he wasn't really followed by any of the other members of the breakaway, the Italian tackled the final kilometres by himself and crossed the finish line at 37 seconds from Kasper Asgreen.

"It was a really emotional finish because actually, I have only won alone two races in my whole career," the rider explained at the finish line. "And doing that here in the Tour de France with this finish line with this group in the front. It was amazing."

Earlier in the week, Trentin said that he wanted to take a victory himself and that for doing that he would have to execute a perfect plan. When asked if he could do this today he answered: "I won, so probably yes," he joked. "With the big group, it was going to be about if someone can anticipate or having to go in a small group and this was the case. Even without a good collaboration, we took a good advantage that was good enough to get to the climb.

"Then I could anticipate it, I tried a few times because there was no collaboration and I knew that maybe if I got a ten-second gap then they would have to start watching each other but I knew with the legs I have I could finish it off. It was around one kilometre from the climb and I took the ten seconds to do that part on my own, it was very important to me to just keep my pace and then at the end, what I gained I didn't lose so I'm happy with that."



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