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by Matt de Neef
October 9, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali wins Il Lombardia; Matteo Trentin victorious at Paris-Tours; Matej Mohoric wins the inaugural Hong Kong Challenge; Bakelants, Petilli, Martinez injured after crashing into ravine at Il Lombardia; Nacer Bouhanni apologises for Paris-Bourges altercation with Rudy Barbier; Cameron Meyer’s road (and track) to the Commonwealth Games; Kathrin Hammes completes 2018 Drops Cycling roster; Number of pedestrians fatally or seriously injured by cyclists has doubled since 2006; Stray oBikes being crushed by City of Melbourne; Danny MacAskill to feature in BBC documentary on the human body.
Matteo Trentin (QuickStep Floors) has continued his impressive late-season form, winning Paris-Tours for the second time in three years.
QuickStep Floors had been riding for last year’s winner Fernando Gaviria, but when the Colombian crashed, a new plan was required. Trentin made his move on the Côte de Beau Soleil with roughly 10km to go, blowing the peloton apart. Just Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) was able to hold Trentin’s wheel, before Trentin’s teammate Niki Terpstra came across to help hold off the chase behind.
Tepstra did much of the work, before Trentin sprinted to victory ahead of Kragh Andersen. Terpstra was third while the remnants of the peloton, led in by Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) came across the line seven seconds later.
“I saw we were two and then I saw Niki so I decided to wait and then we worked perfectly together,” Trentin said afterwards. “He really made a perfect lead-out together. That’s my way to finish the season and to thanks the team for these last seven year. I said it this morning in Instagram that the best way to end this chapter was winning and I did it and it’s a nice feeling.”
Trentin has had a great season, winning seven races (including four stages of the Vuelta a Espana). He joins Orica-Scott next season on a two-year deal.