Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 23, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Trentin wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage one of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes; De Buyst sprints to victory in GP Stad Zottegem; Majka loses more time, Vuelta GC challenge is over; Valverde returns to road training, aiming to compete again before end of season; Quick-Step Floors signs Michael Morkov, extends with Devenyns; Gary Sutton takes up key track role with USA Cycling; Silca Tattico Bluetooth pump measures tire pressure with your smartphone; Seven Cycles introduces MATADOR gravel fork; Video: Chris Froome press conference after Vuelta a España stage 4

Trentin wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a España

by VeloClub

Placing himself perfectly and then launching his sprint at the right time, Matteo Trentin sped to victory on Tuesday’s fourth stage of the Vuelta a España. The QuickStep Floors rider tracked LottoNL-Jumbo’s Juan José Lobato when he launched his move, then swept past on his left and blasted home for victory.

Vuelta a Espana Stage 4 highlights

“I was really looking for a victory because I’m going strong in this last part of the season,” he said. “After the crash that took me out of the Tour de France, I was just thinking about coming here and winning a stage at La Vuelta.” The success followed on from three other Grand Tour victories, namely Tour de France stage wins in 2013 and 2014, and a Giro d’Italia stage victory last season. Racking up an equivalent success in the Vuelta therefore puts him in an exclusive group.

“I’m really proud to do this with QuickStep,” he continued. “Next year I’m going to change team [to Orica-Scott] but I’ve won at the Giro, the Tour and now La Vuelta with them so I’m really proud with all these results.”

Starting in Escaldes and running 198.2 kilometres to Tarragona, the flat stage was always likely to end in a bunch sprint. That didn’t deter some from trying to foil the fastmen, though, with the quartet of Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana Postobon) and Diego Rubio and Nicholas Schulz (both Caja Rural) slipping away early on. These were subsequently joined by Johan Le Bon (FDJ), who helped them build a lead of over seven minutes.

Rossetto and Rubio pushed on together towards the end but were caught with eight kilometres to go. QuickStep Floors and Trentin were those who profited, while overnight leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished 17th and remains two seconds clear of Trentin’s teammate David de la Cruz.

Stage 4: Escaldes-Engordany > Tarragona - Stage Result

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Today’s feature image is from stage 4 of the Vuelta a Espana and is by the Cor Vos agency.