This is a new day for sprinters, and one of their final opportunities in this year’s Vuelta. Their teams will be keeping everything in control so that there are no complications. The arrival in warm Seville after two weeks of racing will allow us to assess how tired everyone’s legs are.
Stage 13: Trentin takes third victory
Points classification leader Matteo Trentin is on a tear at the Vuelta a España, winning his third stage Friday in Tomares, Spain. Gianni Moscon (Sky) was second in stage 13. Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) sprinted to third-place after 198.4km of racing.
Sky’s Chris Froome kept his overall lead. The Brit was careful to follow wheels and finish with the front group, as was Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) who is second overall. Orica-Scott’s Esteban Chaves also kept his head up in the tricky finish and remained third overall on same time.
Stage 13, top 10
1. Matteo Trentin (ITA/QST), in 4h25:13.
2. Gianni Moscon (ITA/SKY) à 0:00.
3. Søren Andersen (DEN/SUN) 0:00.
4. Michael Schwarzmann (GER/BOR) 0:00.
5. Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL/CAN) 0:00.
6. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/BAH) 0:00.
7. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) 0:00.
8. Wilco Kelderman (NED/SUN) 0:00.
9. Alberto Contador (ESP/TRE) 0:00.
10. Nicolas Roche (IRL/BMC) 0:00.
1. Christopher Froome (GBR/Sky) 53h48:06.
2. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/BAH) à 0:59.
3. Esteban Chaves (COL/ORI) 2:13.
4. Wilco Kelderman (NED/SUN) 2:17.
5. David De la Cruz (ESP/QST) 2:23.
6. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS/KAT) 2:25.
7. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 2:37.
8. Michael Woods (CAN/CAN) 2:41.
9. Alberto Contador (ESP/TRE) 3:13.
10. Miguel Ángel López (COL/AST) 3:58.
The Italian’s Quick-Step team set him up perfectly with Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels riding a mean tempo into the final kilometers.
“Actually on paper it looks less hard especially three or two kilometers from the finish,” said Trentin, admitting the finish was not ideally suited for him. “The guys were incredible, amazing. Everybody did his job. I have to win when the team is like this.”
The Quick-Step team has had an incredible run in the 2017 grand tours. It won five stages in the Giro d’Italia and another five in the Tour de France. Trentin’s win in stage 13 makes it another five victories here in Spain.
Stage 14 will challenge the peloton with a summit finish at the end of 175km. Saturday’s route culminates on the hors categorie Sierra de La Pandera climb at 1,830 meters.
“It’s very difficult to predict what is going to happen in this Vuelta. As we saw yesterday things can change so quickly,” said Froome. “Tomorrow’s final is very steep. I expect guys like Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali want to make up time at this stage of the race.
“I expect a very aggressive ride from them. Sunday’s stage is going to be even harder again up in the Sierra Nevada, over 2,500 meters,” he added. “For sure at the end of a really tough week, we are going to see some really big time gaps in these next two stages.”