Trentin solos clear of the break to nab Tour stage 17: Daily News Digest

by Dane Cash

Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today:

Matteo Trentin wins stage 17 of the Tour de France from the breakaway, Luke Rowe and Tony Martin are expelled from the Tour, Movistar extends seven riders but will likely lose Quintana and Carapaz at the end of the season. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.

Story of the Day: Trentin wins Tour stage 17 from the break, Rowe and Martin expelled

Matteo Trentin picked up Mitchelton-Scott’s fourth victory of this year’s Tour de France with an impressive solo move out of the breakaway on Wednesday’s stage 17.

The 29-year-old Italian jumped off the front of a big break on the final climb of the stage, inside the last 15 kilometers, and held on to take the victory. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) rode to runner-up honors, with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) taking third.

“It was really an emotional finish because I’ve only won two races alone in my whole career before now,” said Trentin, who often relies on his sprint kick to nab results. “Doing it here in the Tour de France, on this finish line, winning against this group, it was amazing.”

Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) finished safely in the bunch to retain the yellow jersey.

The 200-kilometer stage from the famed Pont du Gard aqueduct to the town of Gap was a bit too hilly to interest the sprinters’ teams, and with some hard days on the horizon at the Tour, the GC riders were just as content to give the day’s escape a huge advantage. The main breakaway featured more than 30 riders. With none of those off the front posing a threat to the overall leaderboard, the pack allowed the gap to grow to 20 minutes.

Other than a stretch spent racing through the rain, things were mostly peaceful off the front until around 30 kilometers to go when attacks started to fly. As the aggression broke the move into pieces, Trentin worked his way into a split of some 10 riders that approached the final climb, the third-category Col de la Sentinelle, in the lead.

That’s where Trentin made his move, powering clear on the early goings of the ascent. Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis) tried to chase Trentin down but couldn’t close the gap, and then the Italian was gone for good, soloing up and over the summit and onto the descent. Asgreen passed Perichon in solo pursuit, but there was no catching Trentin over the downhill stretch to the finish.

Matteo Trentin on the attack on stage 17 of the Tour de France. Photo: Peter de Voecht/PN/Cor Vos ©

The reigning European road race champ celebrated his third career Tour stage victory at the line with a 37-second advantage over Asgreen. Van Avermaet led a small group of chasers over the line for third.

The peloton took its time making its way to the finish, although not without some drama. Jumbo-Visma’s Tony Martin clashed with Ineos’s Luke Rowe on the run-in to Gap, ultimately leading to the expulsion of both riders from the Tour.

Television cameras initially picked up Martin trying to run Rowe off the road, and footage then emerged of Rowe making some aggressive moves of his own at the expense of Jumbo-Visma.

Both riders downplayed the incident following the stage, with Martin not addressing initial questions on the subject and Rowe calling it a non-issue.

“That’s bike racing. No stress. All good,” he said, before the expulsion was announced.

Following a review of after the stage, the UCI came to a different conclusion and decided to disqualify both of them for their conduct. That leaves Ineos and Jumbo-Visma down one domestique each as the race heads into the Alps.

Stage 17 results

1 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott 4:21:36
2 Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:37
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC 0:00:41
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
5 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida
6 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana
7 Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:44
8 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits 0:00:50
9 Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
10 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis Solutions Credits 0:00:55


1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 69:39:16
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos 0:01:35
3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:47
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:50
5 Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos 0:02:02
6 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:14
7 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar 0:04:54
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 0:05:00
9 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First 0:05:33
10 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:06:30

Socially Speaking

Caleb Ewan’s win on Tuesday’s stage 16 of the Tour de France was special for reasons that went far beyond the race.

Away from the Tour bubble, Chris Froome fans will be happy to know that he is at least partially back to training. One leg at a time.

Race Radio

Movistar extends Amador, Rojas, others, but Quintana and Carapaz reportedly moving on

Movistar announced this week that the team had extended contracts with multiple riders. The lucky seven who will ride on with the Movistar team for the next two seasons are Andrey Amador, Jorge Arcas, Héctor Carretero, Lluís Mas, Nelson Oliveira, Antonio Pedrero, and José Joaquín Rojas

In the announcement, the team it is “working hard to underpin the foundations of its 41st season in the top tier of cycling,” which does indeed sound like hard work considering the reports surrounding some big potential departures. Team director Eusebio Unzué has confirmed what to Cadena Ser what has been rumored for weeks: Richard Carapaz and Nairo Quintana are both set to leave the team at the end of the year. Carapaz has been linked to Ineos, with Quintana connected to a move to Arkéa-Samsic.

Unzué did say, on the other hand, that he is trying to keep Mikel Landa from heading elsewhere. Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has also been widely reported as locked in with Movistar for next year, although Unzué would not comment on the possible transfer of the Spaniard, which can’t be made official until August 1.

Roompot-Charles will lose Roompot as sponsor

Dutch Pro Continental team Roompot-Charles is facing difficult times as main sponsor Roompot Vakanties, a Dutch holiday company, is set to end its backing at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

Started in 2015 as Roompot-Oranje Peloton, the team added the Dutch lottery as a title sponsor from 2017 to 2018, and then merged with Vérandas Willems-Crelan for this year and became Roompot-Charles.

The team is currently home to Lars Boom and Boy van Poppel, among other notables, while an up-and-coming Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) rode with the squad back in 2015.

“Even though time is against us, the team management is now focusing on the search for a new main sponsor, which is crucial for the continued existence of the team,” said the team in a statement. “At the same time, we must be realistic and transparent, first of all towards our riders and employees. We certainly don’t want to prevent them from continuing their career elsewhere when given the opportunity.”

Coming up at the Tour

Stage 18 at the Tour de France should see plenty of fireworks in the battle for yellow.

208 kilometers from Embrun to Valloire, the stage traverses four categorized climbs, including a fearsome pairing of the Col d’Izoard and the Col du Galibier. Beyond the tough gradients, the high altitude and some tricky descents will throw additional challenges at the Tour peloton.

Tech News

Basso updates Venta, base-model racer

Basso is celebrating 20 years of its Venta road model with a complete overhaul for 2020. The Venta, Basso’s base-level road bike, now features aero cues that are a trickle down from the Diamante SV above. In addition to the computer-based aerodynamic design, the new Venta is said to be stiffer and lighter to its predecessor.

Like all other Bassos, the carbon fiber Venta is somewhat uniquely made in-house in Italy. Pricing has not been quoted, but both 105- and Ultegra-equipped bikes are expected to be ready for sale from August. It will be available in both rim and disc variants, with seven sizes and three colors on offer.

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Feature Image: Matteo Trentin wins stage 17 of the Tour de France. Photo: Nico Vereecken/PN/Cor Vos ©

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