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Vuelta 2017: Trentin Wins Stage 13

Matteo Trentin won his third Vuelta stage of 2017 after beating his sprint rivals in a rare bunch sprint finish on a flat stage.

With so many summit and mountain finish stages in this later stage of the race this stage was a rare opportunity for a sprinter to take the stage win, with Trentin grabbing it with both hands to extend his lead in the points classification and make it five wins on the Vuelta for his Quick-Step team.

There was barely a blip on the profile with just a Cat3 climb at the Alto de Ardales early in the stage which Davide Villella gladly claimed to add more points to his KOM lead – points which he will need if he’s to take the jersey to Madrid with plenty of summit finishes still to come.

The finish was quite technical with an uphill ramp at 3km to the finish that meant it was perfect for riders such as Trentin who have classics pedigree or other puncheurs, so it wasn’t an out and out sprint stage.

Vuelta 2017 Stage 13 Profile

The day began with a breakaway which went clear in the initial kilometres and included Alexis Gougeard (AG2R), Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Arnaud Courteille (FDJ) and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), but the five was soon down to 4 as Villella was only interesting in taking the points atop the sole climb of the day, dropping back to the peloton once his job was done.

Despite gaining several minutes on the peloton the break was never in with a chance of winning the stage – as has been the case at many stages in this Vuelta so far – especially as Quick-Step had identified the technical finish as one for Trentin and were keeping the break close.

With 50km to go their lead was just 3′ with LottoNL-Jumbo and Cannondale-Drapac helping out at the front of the peloton, but Quick-Step were doing most of the work and seemed happy for it to be that way.

At 20km to go and with the break’s lead still tumbling, De Marchi and De Gendt attacked the other two riders and managed to get away without a response, but cramping soon led to De Gendt dropping back and leaving De Marchi on his own at the front of the race.

De Marchi’s efforts to stay clear saw him make it to 7km to go before Quick-Step caught him, having allowed Bora-Hansgrohe and Katusha-Alpecin to work on the front of the peloton to ensure the catch was made.

With 5km to go though Quick-Step soon asserted themselves at the front of the peloton and as Nikki Terpstra led them onto the first slopes of the sharp, short finishing climb they were in complete control.

There were late attacks from Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) and Soren Kragh (Team Sunweb) but these were marked well by Bob Jungels and Julian Alaphilippe.

Going into the final km Trentin was a few wheels behind the lead with Moscon (Team Sky) and Kragh making their move early, allowing Trentin to surge through the middle of them to take the stage win.

Vuelta a Espana 2017 Stage 13: Coin>Tomares 198.4km

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step – Ita) 4:25:13″
2 Gianni Moscon (Team Sky – Ita) s.t.
3 Soren Kragh (Team Sunweb – Den) s.t.
4 Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-Hansgrohe – Ger) s.t.
5 Tom Van Asbroeck (Cannonodale-Drapac – Bel) s.t.
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida – Ita) s.t.
7 Chris Froome (Team Sky – GBr) s.t.
8 Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb – Ned) s.t.
9 Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo – Spa) s.t.
10 Nicholas Roche (BMC – Ire) s.t.

Vuelta a Espana 2017: General Classification

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Chris Froome (Team Sky – GBr) 53:48:06″
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida – Ita) +59″
3 Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott – Col) +2’13″
4 Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb – Ned) +2’17”
5 Davide de la Cruz (Quick-Step – Spa) +2’23”
6 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin – Rus) +2’25”
7 Fabio Aru (Astana – Ita) +2’37″
8 Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac – Can) +2’41″
9 Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo – Spa) +3’13″
10 Miguel Lopez (Astana – Col) +3’51”

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