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Matteo Trentin earned his Quick-Step Floors team their second stage win in this year’s Vuelta a España today, after the Italian rider sprinted to victory during stage 4 in Tarragona.
José Lobato (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) looked poised to claim the stage honors during the final run-in to the finish, but Trentin emerged from the Spanish rider’s wheel during the closing 200 meters to seize the top spot on the podium.
Meanwhile, Tom Van Asbroeck (Cannondale-Drapac) rounded out the podium, followed by Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo).
Chris Froome (Team Sky) however, managed to hold onto the overall race lead, after finishing safely in the peloton, while David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) follows just 2 seconds behind the British rider.
“I was looking for a victory, because I’m really going good in this last part of the season,” Trentin said. “After my crash at the Tour de France I was just thinking about coming here and winning stages.
“Two days ago we did a really perfect, smart job with Yves Lampaert and took the win, and today we decided it was my time. The guys were amazing.”
Earlier in the stage, a small breakaway group containing Johan Le Bon (FDJ), Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana Postobon), Diego Rubio and Nicholas Schultz (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), managed to ride clear of the peloton early on.
From there, the group went on to establish a maximum advantage of nearly seven minutes.
However, despite a number of crashes that hampered their efforts, the peloton was successful in reeling all but Rubio and Rossetto over time.
But, the two remaining escapees were eventually reined in by the chase with 8 kilometers to go.
Today’s sprint proved to be another hectic affair, with no team able to dominate the lead-out, although BORA-Hansgrohe had numbers at the front in the closing kilometers.
Stage 4 Results
ITA 1 TRENTIN, Matteo (QUICK – STEP FLOORS) 4:43:57
ESP 2 LOBATO DEL VALLE, Juan Jose (LOTTO NL – JUMBO)
BEL 3 VAN ASBROECK, Tom (CANNONDALE DRAPAC)
BEL 4 THEUNS, Edward (TREK – SEGAFREDO)
BEL 5 DEBUSSCHERE, Jens (LOTTO SOUDAL)
ITA 6 MODOLO, Sacha (UAE TEAM EMIRATES)
FRA 7 MANZIN, Lorrenzo (FDJ)
DEN 8 KRAGH ANDERSEN, Søren (SUNWEB)
ALG 9 REGUIGUI, Youcef (DIMENSION DATA)
NED 10 BOL, Jetse (MANZANA POSTOBON TEAM)
BEL 11 VAN GENECHTEN, Jonas (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS)
GER 12 SCHWARZMANN, Michael (BORA – HANSGROHE)
SWE 13 LUDVIGSSON, Tobias (FDJ)
ITA 14 OSS, Daniel (BMC RACING)
GBR 15 BLYTHE, Adam (AQUA BLUE SPORT)
AUT 16 HALLER, Marco (KATUSHA ALPECIN)
GBR 17 FROOME, Christopher (SKY)
ITA 18 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA)
POR 19 OLIVEIRA, Nelson (MOVISTAR)
ESP 20 MAS BONET, Luis Guillermo (CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA)
General Classification after Stage 4
GBR 1 FROOME, Christopher (SKY) 13:37:41
ESP 2 DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, David (QUICK – STEP FLOORS) + 2
IRL 3 ROCHE, Nicolas (BMC RACING)
USA 4 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING)
ITA 5 NIBALI, Vincenzo (BAHRAIN – MERIDA) + 10
COL 6 CHAVES RUBIO, Jhoan Esteban (ORICA – SCOTT) + 11
ITA 7 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA) + 38
GBR 8 YATES, Adam (ORICA – SCOTT) + 39
FRA 9 BARDET, Romain (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 48
GBR 10 YATES, Simon (ORICA – SCOTT)
CAN 11 WOODS, Michael (CANNONDALE DRAPAC) + 1:13
NED 12 KELDERMAN, Wilco (SUNWEB) + 1:17
FRA 13 BARGUIL, Warren (SUNWEB) + 1:22
RUS 14 ZAKARIN, Ilnur (KATUSHA ALPECIN) + 1:29
NED 15 OOMEN, Sam (SUNWEB) + 1:32
COL 16 BETANCUR GOMEZ, Carlos Alberto (MOVISTAR) + 1:35
ESP 17 ANTON HERNANDEZ, Igor (DIMENSION DATA)
RSA 18 MEINTJES, Louis (UAE TEAM EMIRATES) + 1:43
NED 19 POELS, Wout (SKY) + 1:44
ESP 20 SANCHEZ, Luis León (ASTANA) + 1:52
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