Ruta del Sol: Trentin wins stage 2

European champion tops Van Poppel in bunch sprint

Matteo Trentin won after what he described as “probably the longest final kilometre ever” in stage two of the Vuelta a Andalucia on Thursday, claiming his second victory of the season and the ninth of 2019 for Mitchelton-Scott.

Trentin narrowly but convincingly beat Danny Van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) in a seemingly interminable slow-motion sprint in the town of Torredonjimeno in eastern Andalucia. Bahrain-Merida’s Ivan Cortina tried to spring a surprise late attack in a finish, where timing and energy levels counted for as much as technical ability and sprinting strength, and the Spaniard came within just a few metres of taking the win.

He was swamped by the others sprinters at the line and although Van Poppel put in a powerful late surge for second, it was Trentin had the edge and who clinched the victory.

"It was really hard, probably the longest final kilometre ever,” the reigning European Road-Race champion said afterwards.

“It was chaotic because everyone wanted to sit on the front but of course after quite an easy stage today, everybody had the legs to be there. I got boxed in quite a lot on the last corner and Cortina got the jump. I saw he was pretty far away dragging uphill and I timed my sprint the best I could and it was just perfect.”

A long day in the saddle

Trentin’s move came at the end of a six hour, 216 kilometre trek eastwards through the rolling hills of central Andalucia, with little major race action in the first three quarters of the stage to break up the monotony of the never-ending lines of olive trees on each side of the road.

As the bunch eased along at a relatively sleepy 35km/h, Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Alexander Kuilkovskiy (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Mattia Viel (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Umberto Orsini (Bardiani-CSF), Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozar (Basque Country-Murias) and Dimitry Zhyhunou (Team Euskadi) carved out a hefty advantage of seven minutes in the first hour. It was only as their gap moved towards eight minutes that Lotto Soudal, working for race leader and stage 1 Tim Wellens, began to haul the line back in.

The margin between break and bunch tumbled much faster in the final hour when Trentin’s teammates at Mitchelton-Scott, spearheaded by Simon Yates, Mikel Nieve and Esteban Chaves, lined out the bunch. Luis León Sánchez (Astana) who had told one television reporter at the start that he was suffering from a leg injury, was spotted dropping back, one of the more unexpected victims of the high late pace.

After the break had folded completely on the one categorized climb of the day, the long grind of the third category Alto de Porcuna, a gutsy late solo move by Andalucian-born Jorge Cubero (Burgos-BH) helped keep the speed high. But a mass drive by the orange jerseys of Rally Cycling on the far side of the road, as it rose slowly and steadily towards Torredonjimeno, reeled Cubero in with three kilometres to go.

Team Jumbo-Visma then took over from the American squad, yet their attempt to keep matters in hand on the front was foiled by the slow motion sprint finish into Torredonjimeno. The low pace rendered control of the peloton all but impossible and Cortina’s late attack caused further problems.

Just as it seemed Cortina could fend off the best sprinters, Trentin and Euskadi-Murias Enrique Sanz, accelerating side by side in an almost perfectly matched tandem, overhauling the Bahrain-Merida racer in the last 50 metres. When Sanz faded at the finish, Van Poppel blasted past the Spanish sprinter but Trentin was already near the line and took his second victory of the new season.

After Thursday’s transition stage, stage three on Friday will be a short but technical individual time trial through the olive groves of north-eastern Andalucia.

It is 16 kilometres long and with a long, but steady 4.8 kilometre climb in the first third and a nasty kick up at the end. The time trial is very similar in format to last year’s time trial, where Tim Wellens finished eighth and sealed his overall victory in Andalucia. However, Saturday’s brutally hard high mountain stage to Granada will put the ball firmly back in the climbers court.

As for Thursday’s winner, “Tomorrow” - a time trial on Friday - “is easy,” Trentin explained, “then the day after I'm going to die and probably the last day suits me again.”

“I think with Jack [Haig, fourth overall -ed] we need to think a bit about the GC. I will take it easy and then we will see in Granada. We take it day by day.”


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott5:55:28 
2Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
3Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
4Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
5Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
6Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert  
7Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
8Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
9Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
10Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
11Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
12Colin Joyce (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
13Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
14Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
15Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
16Antonio Jesus Soto Guirao (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
17Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
18Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
19Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
20Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
21Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida  
22Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
23Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Equipo Euskadi  
24Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
25Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
26Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert  
27Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
28Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
29José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
30Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
31Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
32Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
33Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Burgos-BH  
34Ricardo Augusto Afonso Vilela (Por) Burgos-BH  
35Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar Team  
36Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
37Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
38Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team  
39Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
40Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
41Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
42Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
43Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
44Rafael Valls (Spa) Movistar Team  
45Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
46Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott  
47Ibai Azurmendi Sagastibeltza (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
48Mathias De Witte (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
49Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
50Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
51Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
52Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
53Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH  
54Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
55Eduard Prades (Spa) Movistar Team  
56Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
57Txomin Juaristi Arrieta (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
58Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
59Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
60Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar Team  
61Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
62Aleksei Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
63Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:00:12 
64Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:14 
65Nelson Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
66Joan Bou Company (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
67Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
68Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:00:19 
69Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:21 
70Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:26 
71Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
72Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:28 
73Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:00:29 
74Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:00:32 
75Unai Cuadrado Ruiz De Gauna (Spa) Equipo Euskadi0:00:35 
76Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
77David Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:46 
78Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:00:48 
79Lars Boom (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
80Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
81Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:59 
82Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
83Xavier Cañellas Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:11 
84Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Gobert0:01:28 
85Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Gobert  
86Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma  
87Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
88Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally UHC Cycling  
89Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
90Petr Rikunov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:01:45 
91José Fernandes Neves (Por) Burgos-BH  
92Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
93Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:02:11 
94Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:02:13 
95Daniel Lopez Parada (Spa) Burgos-BH  
96Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Equipo Euskadi  
97Alvaro Cuadros Morata (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:19 
98Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
99Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:02:24 
100Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:02:34 
101Steven Lammertink (Ned) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:02:44 
102Jorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos-BH  
103Corentin Ermenault (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:02:44 
104Svein Tuft (Can) Rally UHC Cycling0:02:52 
105Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally UHC Cycling  
106Moreno Moser (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:02:57 
107Edoardo Affini (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott0:03:00 
108Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
109Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
110Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:03:37 
111Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozar Jaimez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:04:07 
112Alan Banaszek (Pol) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:39 
113Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:05:11 
114Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:14 
115Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:05:30 
116Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott  
117Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
118Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
119Sean De Bie (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
120Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:09:54 
121Alessandro Pessot (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:10:56 
122Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
123Mattia Viel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:17:17 
124Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
125Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
126Dzmitry Zhyhunou (Blr) Equipo Euskadi  
127Alexandr Kulikovskiy (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
128Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-Visma  
DNSBert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  

General classification after stage 2

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal10:19:40 
2Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:00:05 
3Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
4Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
5Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:00:09 
6Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
7Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
8Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
9Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
10Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert0:00:13 
11Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:00:14 
12Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Equipo Euskadi0:00:16 
13Rafael Valls (Spa) Movistar Team  
14Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert0:00:19 
15Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:21 
16Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:00:22 
17Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
18Eduard Prades (Spa) Movistar Team  
19Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:25 
20Antonio Jesus Soto Guirao (Spa) Equipo Euskadi0:00:31 
21Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
22Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
23Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:00:33 
24Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
25Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team  
26Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
27Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
28Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida0:00:36 
29Colin Joyce (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:00:37 
30José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
31Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:42 
32Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
33Mathias De Witte (Bel) Roompot-Charles0:00:44 
34Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:00:46 
35Ricardo Augusto Afonso Vilela (Por) Burgos-BH0:00:47 
36Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:50 
37Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:00:52 
38Ibai Azurmendi Sagastibeltza (Spa) Equipo Euskadi0:00:54 
39Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:00:59 
40Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Burgos-BH  
41Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
42Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:01 
43Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo  
44Jorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos-BH  
45Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:01:05 
46Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:01:13 
47Joan Bou Company (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
48Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:15 
49Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
50Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
51Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:01:18 
52Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
53Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar Team0:01:27 
54Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:30 
55Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:01:36 
56Lars Boom (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:01:37 
57Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:01:40 
58Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:06 
59Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:02:10 
60Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
61Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:02:18 
62Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:20 
63Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:02:21 
64Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma0:02:23 
65Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Gobert0:02:29 
66David Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:37 
67Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:02:42 
68Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:02:45 
69Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:02:47 
70Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:53 
71Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott0:03:05 
72Nelson Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:24 
73Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:03:27 
74Xavier Cañellas Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:28 
75Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:03:42 
76Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Gobert0:03:43 
77Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:04:23 
78IAleksei Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:04:56 
79Corentin Ermenault (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:05:18 
80Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:05:24 
81Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:05:31 
82Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:05:42 
83Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:06:01 
84Svein Tuft (Can) Rally UHC Cycling0:06:10 
85Steven Lammertink (Ned) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:06:11 
86Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:06:25 
87Edoardo Affini (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott  
88Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott0:06:35 
89Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:06:43 
90Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:06:56 
91Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:07:10 
92Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:07:14 
93Txomin Juaristi Arrieta (Spa) Equipo Euskadi0:07:20 
94Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:08:09 
95Sean De Bie (Bel) Roompot-Charles0:08:26 
96Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:09:26 
97Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:09:38 
98Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Roompot-Charles0:09:46 
99Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH0:09:51 
100Moreno Moser (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:10:17 
101Unai Cuadrado Ruiz De Gauna (Spa) Equipo Euskadi0:10:45 
102Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally UHC Cycling0:11:04 
103Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozar Jaimez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:11:25 
104Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:11:31 
105Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:11:50 
106Petr Rikunov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:12:16 
107Daniel Lopez Parada (Spa) Burgos-BH0:12:28 
108Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Equipo Euskadi0:12:39 
109Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:12:56 
110Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:13:17 
111Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:13:25 
112José Fernandes Neves (Por) Burgos-BH0:13:49 
113Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:13:59 
114Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:14:26 
115Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:15:16 
116Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:15:21 
117Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:15:40 
118Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:16:01 
119Alvaro Cuadros Morata (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:16:31 
120Alan Banaszek (Pol) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:17:24 
121Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:19:30 
122Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:24:16 
123Alessandro Pessot (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:24:40 
124Alexandr Kulikovskiy (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:27:05 
125Mattia Viel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:27:27 
126Dzmitry Zhyhunou (Blr) Equipo Euskadi0:27:29 
127Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-Visma0:27:32 
128Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:31:48 

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