Trentin: Two top-10s was not what I came for at Opening Weekend

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne 2021
Matteo Trentin at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Belgian 'Opening Weekend' for the UAE Team Emirates squad wasn’t very fortunate. On Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, they featured team leaders Matteo Trentin and Alexander Kristoff in the peloton that stormed towards Ninove for the sprint, however, both were victims of a late crash, and Trentin went on to finish eighth despite a broken derailleur. 

On Sunday, Kristoff missed the cut in the hill zone but Trentin was part of the final sprint in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, and although he narrowly missed a podium result, he heads home in good spirits.

“I’m really happy. Everyone was coming here with very few races in the legs, maybe none. Nobody knows how the condition is. It ended up being a terrific opening weekend for me, although I’m still pissed about yesterday. I was arriving with a broken rear derailleur and Alex broke his wheel. Yesterday, we would have been close to the victory but that’s bike racing," Trentin told Cyclingnews shortly after the sprint at the open-air mixed zone in Kuurne. 

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