Vuelta a Espana: Trentin makes it five for Quick-Step in Tomares

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) claimed his third victory of the 2017 Vuelta a España, winning the sprint in Tomares on stage 13. 

The 198.4km stage offered up only the second bunch sprint of the race so far and Trentin, who claimed his first win on stage 4 before adding a hillier stage a week later, again proved himself to be the fastest rider at this Vuelta.

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) finished second, with Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) third.

The stage was complicated by an uphill drag in the final 3km, with the road kicking up again just ahead of the flamme rouge and then again with around 600m to go. By the final few hundred meters a messy peloton was split up and strung out but Trentin, having been guided through the closing kilometers – and indeed the entire stage – by his Quick-Step Floors team, was in a perfect position and made no mistakes.

"It's amazing because I came in this race with confidence but I never expected something like this," said Trentin, who has doubled his Grand Tour stage win tally over the course of the last two weeks.

"On paper, it looked less hard, especially from three to two kilometers to the finish. But we decided to go for it full, the whole team, except of course for [David] De la Cruz. The guys were incredible, it was amazing. Everybody did his job and gave everything they had, 100 per cent. When the team is like this you have to finish off the work they do."

Quick-Step can rightly be pleased with themselves, this being their fifth stage win of this Vuelta – Julian Alaphilippe and Yves Lampaert provided the other two – and their 15th Grand Tour stage of the season after five apiece at the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.

"For the team, the Vuelta is not finished," added Trentin. "We are betting for more."

The day, however, wasn't pure perfection for the Belgian team as their general classification rider De la Cruz dropped from fourth to fifth overall after being caught the wrong side of a split in the peloton during the finale. He finished seven seconds down on race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) and the bulk of the overall contenders, crossing the line in a group that also contained Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC).

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) takes the Spaniard's place in fourth, with Froome still leading the race by 59 seconds from Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) still third at 2:13.

"I was pretty sure there would be splits in the final - that was the reason for me to stay up front," said Froome. "I was more excited to see where Moscon was in the finish. He did such a great job looking after me in the final, I said to him in the last k 'go, go, go - try to get the stage'. I think if he wasn't doing so much work for me he would have had an even better chance of winning the stage."

How it unfolded

Whereas the theme at this Vuelta has been one of long, drawn-out battles for the breakaway to form, this time a group went clear in the opening kilometers with a minimum of fuss.

At first, it was a quartet, with Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Arnaud Courteille (FDJ), but Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) soon bridged over to make it a quintet. But it was soon back down to four as Villella was only interested in the third-category climb after 20km, where he duly took maximum points to extend his lead in the mountains classification before dropping back to the peloton.

By that point, the break had opened up a lead of a few minutes as Quick-Step set up shop at the front of the peloton, Trentin's prowess meaning the onus rested largely on their shoulders.

And it was a largely uneventful afternoon as the peloton enjoyed a sort of active rest-day after what has been an intense first half of the Vuelta and ahead of two big mountain stages this weekend. There were sing-alongs among the Trek-Segafredo riders in the bunch, though it wasn't such a jolly affair for Omar Fraile, who vomited while on his bike before abandoning the race – leaving Dimension Data with just three riders.

Cannondale-Drapac and LottoNL-Jumbo lent a small hand but largely it was Quick-Step's Tim Declercq keeping the break on a short leash. With 50km to go, the gap was down to below two minutes, though they wouldn't fall into the trap of making the catch too soon.

In the end, the made the catch very late. The breakaway split with 20km to go, leaving just De Marchi and De Gendt out front, and De Marchi managed to stay away until 7km to go as De Gendt's hopes were ended by cramps.

Quick-Step had allowed Bora-Hansgrohe and Katusha-Alpecin to enter the fray but made sure they were back in full control in the final 5km ahead of the uphill ramps.

Niki Terpstra led them onto the first and major one as all the riders sprang out of the saddle. He pulled over just inside the 3km to go banner as Bob Jungels marked moves from Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) and Kragh Andersen. The road flattened out and on the next kick Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) attacked but seemed to slip a gear, and Julian Alaphilippe led Trentin into the final kilometer. The Italian was a few wheels back as the leaders came through the final right-hand bend but he soon opened his sprint, comfortably surging through the middle of Moscon and Kragh Andersen.

Full Results

Swipe to scroll horizontally
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors4:25:13
2Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky
3Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
4Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
5Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
6Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
7Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
8Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
9Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
10Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team
11Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
12Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
13Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac
14Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott
15Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
16Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:07
17Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
18Lluís Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
19Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team
20Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
21Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
22Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
23Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team
24Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
25David de la Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors
26Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates
27Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:12
28Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
29Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:15
30Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
31Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport
32Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:26
33Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
34Sebastián Molano (Col) Manzana Postobon0:00:41
35Magnus Cort (Den) Orica-Scott0:00:49
36Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:50
37Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors
38Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:00:56
39Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
40Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data
41Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
42Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
43Luis Angel Maté Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
44Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
45Juan Felipe Osorio (Col) Manzana Postobon
46Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
47Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
48Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ0:01:09
49Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:01:14
50Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:23
51Juan José Lobato (Spa) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:28
52Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
53Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
54Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
55Bernardo Suaza (Col) Manzana Postobon
56Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
57Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team
58Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
59Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team
60Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo
61Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:37
62Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:51
63Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:02:08
64Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:19
65Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:20
66Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:28
67Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
68Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
69Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team
70Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates
71Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
72Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
73Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
74Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
75Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
76Aldemar Reyes (Col) Manzana Postobon
77Fernando Orjuela (Col) Manzana Postobon
78Hernán Aguirre (Col) Manzana Postobon
79Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors
80Jaime Roson Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
81Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
82Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:37
83Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
84Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:02:49
85David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
86Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:07
87Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott0:03:17
88Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb0:03:25
89Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
90Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin
91Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
92Rafael Reis (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
93Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:03:28
94Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:33
95Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:03:34
96Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
97Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport0:03:49
98Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
99Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Astana Pro Team
100Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
101Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:56
102Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:58
103Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ0:04:01
104Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:04:10
105Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
106Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) UAE Team Emirates
107Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
108Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky
109Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
110Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
111Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team
112Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ
113Ricardo Vilela (Por) Manzana Postobon
114Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott
115Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:04:14
116Michael Mørkøv (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
117Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ
118David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky0:04:19
119Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky
120Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
121Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
122Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:24
123Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:04:29
124Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:30
125Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:04:32
126Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
127Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data
128Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
129Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
130Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
131Hector Sáez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
132Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport
133Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:04:53
134Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:05:07
135Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb
136Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb
137Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
138Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
139Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin
140Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
141Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ
142Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Orica-Scott
143Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ
144Hernando Bohórquez (Col) Manzana Postobon
145Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
146Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
147Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott
148Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
149Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
150Thomas Scully (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac0:05:17
151Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:41
152Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott0:05:43
153Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:06:02
154Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
155Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-Scott0:06:11
156Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport
157Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott0:06:15
158Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon
159Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal
160Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
161Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:06:48
162Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
163Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors
164Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
165Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
166Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:07:05
167Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:07:23
168Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale-Drapac0:08:04
169Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:08:24
170Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
171Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:09:15
172Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:09:24
173William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:12:44
DNFOmar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Dimension Data
Swipe to scroll horizontally
Intermediate sprint - Sevilla, km. 183.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team4pts
2Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky2
3Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport1
Swipe to scroll horizontally
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors25pts
2Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky20
3Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb16
4Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe14
5Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac12
6Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida10
7Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky9
8Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb8
9Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo7
10Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team6
11Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo5
12Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team4
13Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac3
14Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott2
15Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe1
Swipe to scroll horizontally
Mountain 1 (Cat. 3) Alto de Ardales, km. 27.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac3pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal2
3Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ1
Swipe to scroll horizontally
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
Swipe to scroll horizontally
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky13:15:46
2Team Sunweb
3BMC Racing Team0:00:07
4Astana Pro Team
5UAE Team Emirates0:00:22
6Quick-Step Floors0:00:26
7Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:08
8Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:36
12Manzana Postobon0:02:58
13Movistar Team0:03:13
15Lotto Soudal0:04:05
18Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:54
19Aqua Blue Sport0:04:59
21AG2R La Mondiale0:06:08
22Dimension Data0:06:49
Swipe to scroll horizontally
General classification after stage 13
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky53:48:06
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:59
3Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott0:02:13
4Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb0:02:17
5David de la Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:02:23
6Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:25
7Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:37
8Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac0:02:41
9Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:03:13
10Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:03:58
11Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team0:04:25
12Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:04:32
13Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:04:48
14Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:05:01
15Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:05:50
16Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates0:06:26
17Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:10:16
18Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky0:12:13
19Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data0:13:27
20Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:21:14
21Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:22:57
22Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:23:34
23Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott0:27:59
24Jaime Roson Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:29:12
25Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:29:17
26Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:31:07
27Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:31:59
28Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott0:34:26
29Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:34:37
30Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:34:59
31Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:35:05
32Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:37:29
33Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:37:37
34Luis Angel Maté Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:38:58
35Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:40:12