Tour de France: Trentin solos to victory on stage 17 in Gap

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) claimed victory on stage 17 of the Tour de France after soloing clear of the break on the road to Gap, while Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) retained the yellow jersey after a day of relative truce among the general classification contenders.

On a day of two races within a race, Trentin rode to his third stage victory at the Tour – he previously won in 2013 and 2014 – after punching his way clear of the breakaway group ahead of the final climb of the Col de la Sentinelle. Alaphilippe and the podium contenders, meanwhile, rolled home more than 20 minutes behind, content to spare themselves for the rigours to come in the Alps over the next three days.

Trentin was part of a 33-strong break that amassed an unassailable lead over the peloton on yet another day of soaring temperatures, and he proved the strongest and savviest of their number when the move began to fragment in the final hour of racing.

The Italian forced the initial split when he responded to Nils Politt's acceleration with a little over 30km to go. Now operating from a group of ten riders that also included Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) and dangerman Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Trentin seized his opportunity when he attacked forcefully with 14km remaining, just before the category 3 haul up the Sentinelle.

He began the ascent with a 10-second buffer over the chasers, and he proceeded to extend that advantage to half a minute on the 5km ascent. Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis) attempted a lone pursuit on the lower part of the climb and he was caught and then passed by the effervescent Asgreen over the summit, which came with 8.5km to go. Asgreen had contributed little to the workload of the original break as he was there primarily to police the move on behalf of the maillot jaune Alaphilippe, and Trentin had pinpointed the Dane as the man to watch in the finale.

Asgreen could make no inroads on the descent, however, as Trentin rode into Gap with 37 seconds to spare to claim Mitchelton-Scott's fourth stage win of this Tour after Daryl Impey's triumph in Brioude and Simon Yates' Pyrenean brace.

Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) won the sprint for 3rd, 41 seconds down, just ahead of Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Gorka Izagirre (Astana) and Daniel Oss (Bora-Hansgrohe), while the remnants of the original move followed home.

"I was scared of Asgreen and I was right because he finished second after getting a free ride in the break," Trentin said afterwards. "It was really an emotional finish because I've only won two races alone in my whole career before now. Doing it here on the Tour de France on this finish line, winning against this group, it was amazing."

After whittling the unwieldy original group down to more manageable dimensions, Trentin felt he could take advantage of the ongoing uneasiness of their collaboration in the finale.

"I knew there was no collaboration and I thought with maybe a ten-second gap, they'd start to watch each other and then maybe I could finish it off," Trentin said. "I took ten seconds, which was enough to take the climb on my own and it was probably the most important thing to stay at my pace and not have to follow anyone."

There were no accelerations among the general classification contenders when they tackled the Col de la Sentinelle some distance behind Trentin et al. The only frissons came when Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) and Luke Rowe (Ineos) squabbled over position at the head of the bunch. The German appeared to veer into Rowe's path on the lower slopes of the climb, though both riders had made their peace by the finish. "We rode the last 10k together," Rowe said. "No stress. We shook hands at the finish."

How it unfolded

With only the trio of stages in the Alps and the grand finale on the Champs-Élysées to follow, Wednesday's stage offered the final opportunity for a hefty chunk of the peloton to make an impression on this Tour, and most of their number appeared to be on the offensive in the rapid opening hour once the race was flagged away from the shadow of the imposing Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard.

Some 34 riders eventually had their day passes stamped and were allowed to escape the clutches of the peloton: Daniel Oss and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Omar Fraile, Gorka Izagirre and Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana), Simon Clarke and Tom Scully (EF Education First), Chris Juul-Jensen and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), Greg van Avermaet and Michael Schär (CCC), Sven Erik Bystrom, Rui Costa, Sergio Henao and Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates), Bauke Mollema, Thomas Skujins and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Nicolas Roche (Sunweb), Natnael Berhane, Jesús Herrada, Anthony Pérez and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis), Thomas de Gendt and Jens Keukeleire (Lotto-Soudal), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Xandro Meurisse and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Edvald Boasson Hagen and Ben King (Dimension Data).

Total Direct Energie were notable absentees from the move and their riders massed at the head of the peloton to keep the gap at two minutes before eventually relenting, realising that the pursuit would be a costly one in temperatures soared of 37°C.

The break's lead extended gradually thereafter despite the loss of Magnus Cort, who was forced out of the move by a puncture. With 100km remaining, their buffer was up to 10 minutes, and it was long since apparent that the winner would come from their number.

A short but heavy rain shower offered some respite from the intense heat ahead of the finale, where Nils Politt kickstarted the attacking with 34km to go. The German's acceleration was a strong one, but he missed the decisive split that formed shortly afterwards, when Trentin, Laengen, King, Périchon, Van Avermaet, Izagirre, Scully, Asgreen, Gougeard and Oss forged clear. Trentin would outmanoeuvre to claim the spoils, despite Asgreen's late pursuit.

Asgreen will be pressed into action once again on Thursday as he rides in defence of Alaphilippe's yellow jersey. Alaphilippe still has 1:35 in hand on Geraint Thomas (Ineos), 1:47 on Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) and 1:50 on Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), but he will face a robust test on the Vars, Izoard and Galibier.

"I hope I will have some energy left for the next three days in the Alps, it's for sure going to be a tough and hard day," said Asgreen, who laughed when asked to describe the challenge on stage 18 to Valloire: "Hard – and long."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott4:21:36
2Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:37
3Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team0:00:41
4Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
5Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida
6Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team
7Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:44
8Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits0:00:50
9Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
10Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis Solutions Credits0:00:55
11Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First0:01:23
12Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
13Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:01:26
14Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
15Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:01:35
16Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb0:01:44
17Ben King (USA) Dimension Data0:02:53
18Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
19Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
20Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
21Michael Schär (Swi) CCC Team
22Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits
23Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:00
24Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:03:02
25Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert0:03:55
26Natnael Berhane (Eri) Cofidis Solutions Credits
27Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:49
28Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
29Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:59
30Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott0:08:04
31Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team
32Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal
33Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First0:09:23
34Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:20:10
35Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
36Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStep
37Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Ineos
38Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos
39Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos
40Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Ineos
41Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos
42Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Ineos
43Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
44Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
45Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
46Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
47Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
48Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
49Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
50Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
51Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
52Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
53Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma
54Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
55Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
56David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
57Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
58Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension Data
59Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
60Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
61Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates
62Florian Vachon (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
63Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
64Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
65Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
66Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
67Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First
68Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team
69Maxime Bouet (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
70Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
71Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar Team
72Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Gobert
73Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First
74Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First
75Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert
76Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First
77Rein Taaramäe (Est) Total Direct Energie
78Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
79Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
80Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
81Amael Moinard (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
82Paul Ourselin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
83Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team
84Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
85Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
86Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
87Wout Poels (Ned) Team Ineos
88Serge Pauwels (Bel) CCC Team
89Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
90Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
91Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
92Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
93Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
94Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Dimension Data
95Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
96George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma
97Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data
98Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:23:09
99Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits0:24:02
100Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
101Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:24:30
102Lars Bak (Den) Dimension Data0:24:38
103Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
104Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team0:25:13
105Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin0:25:55
106Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Ineos
107Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
108Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
109Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro Team
110Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
111Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott
112José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin
113Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
114Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
115Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma
116Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
117Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
118Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma
119Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
120Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
121Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team
122Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team
123Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
124Aime De Gendt (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
125Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
126Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team
127Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits
128Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First
129Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team
130Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:26:27
131Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
132Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:26:34
133Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
134Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct Energie
135Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
136Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
137Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb
138Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie
139Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
140Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
141Romain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct Energie
142Fabien Grellier (Fra) Total Direct Energie
143Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Gobert
144William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
145Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
146Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
147Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
148André Greipel (Ger) Arkéa Samsic
149Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb
150Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
151Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
152Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
153Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
154Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:27:45
155Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal
156Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
157Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:30:05
158Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
159Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStep
160Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie
DNSLuis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
DNSCees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb
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Sprint 1 - Vaison-La-Romaine km. 62
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert20pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal17
3Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo15
4Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team13
5Ben King (USA) Dimension Data11
6Michael Schär (Swi) CCC Team10
7Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First9
8Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits8
9Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin7
10Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team6
11Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5
12Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data4
13Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates3
14Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert2
15Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott50pts
2Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep30
3Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team20
4Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo18
5Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida16
6Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team14
7Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe12
8Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits10
9Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo8
10Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis Solutions Credits7
11Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First6
12Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe5
13Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data4
14Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates3
15Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team Emirates2
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 4) Cote de la Rochette-Du-Buis km. 104.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal1
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Mountain (2 Cat. 3) Col De La Sentinelle km. 191.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott2pts
2Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep1
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep4:22:13
2Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:23
3Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:19:33
4Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos
5Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Ineos
6Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
7Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma
8Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
9David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
10Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
11Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
12Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Gobert
13Paul Ourselin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
14Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
15Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:23:53
16Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:25:18
17Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma
18Aime De Gendt (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
19Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:25:57
20Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie
21Fabien Grellier (Fra) Total Direct Energie
22Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb
23Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
24Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:27:08
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#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
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