Tuesday August 22nd, 2017

Stage 4Escaldes-Engordany / Tarragona. Anella Mediterránea 2018

Start 12h57 (Local time)

Trentin seizes the opportunity

Stage summary22.08.2017Stage 4- Escaldes-Engordany / Tarragona. Anella Mediterránea 2018

After leaving it to his teammate Yves Lampaert to take the win on stage 2, Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) took matters into his own hands at the end of stage 4, on Tuesday at Tarragona. Already a stage winner on the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, the Italian rider dominated the sprint ahead of Juanjo Lobato (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Tom Van Asbroeck (Cannondale-Drapac). That makes it already two stage victories for Quick-Step at La Vuelta 2017, and 18 for the Belgian team overall at the Spanish Grand Tour. Chris Froome (Team Sky) navigated through the day's challenges to keep the red jersey.

Stage 4 of La Vuelta 2017 kicked-off from Escaldes-Engordany with 193 riders, including five candidates for a long range attack: Johan Le Bon (FDJ), Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Diego Rubio and Nicholas Schultz (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana Postobon). They accelerated at km 6 and covered 44.1km in the first hour to open a 5'15” gap to the peloton.

The attackers' lead increased to 8 minutes after 80km of racing in very hot conditions (up to 38°C). Sprinters teams then decided to come to the front position and up the tempo set by Chris Froome's Team Sky since the start. Quick-Step Floors were the first in action for Matteo Trentin. Then came Adam Blythe's Aqua Blue Sport, Sacha Modolo's UAE Team Emirates and eventually Jens Debusschere's Lotto Soudal as the race entered in the last 100km.

Rossetto enjoyed the only climb of the day, the alto de Belltall, to give it a new go as the peloton was only 3 minutes behind. Rubio joined him and they still enjoyed a 4'15” lead with 50km to go. Their lead steadily decreased and they were finally caught with 8km to go. A late move from Ricardo Vilela (Manzana Postobon) couldn't derail the sprinters on their way to the bunch gallop.

  • Trentin seizes the opportunity

    After leaving it to his teammate Yves Lampaert to take the win on stage 2, Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) took matters into his own hands at the end of stage 4, on Tuesday at Tarragona. Already a stage winner on the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, the Italian rider dominated the sprint ahead of Juanjo Lobato (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Tom Van Asbroeck (Cannondale-Drapac). That makes it already two stage victories for Quick-Step at La Vuelta 2017, and 18 for the Belgian team overall at the...

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