Vuelta a Espana 2017 : Stage 21 – 4 for Trentin as Froome finally does the double

After yesterday’s blockbuster, today’s circuit races round Madrid were bound to be more mundane except, of course, for the victors. Belgian champion Jolien D’Hoore once again won the bunch sprint at the Madrid Challenge, the final race of the Women’s WorldTour, beating the in-form Coryn Rivera to the line, with  Roxane Fournier rounding out the podium. A fitting finale saw Matteo Trentin take his fourth sprint victory, ahead of Lorenzo Manzin and Soren Kragh Andersen, after his team bossed the final kilometres of the Madrid circuit bringing the curtain down on a highly successful Vuelta 2017 for the team. Race leader since stage three, Chris Froome finished safely in the bunch to become the first British rider to win the Vuelta and the first ever to achieve the Tour-Vuelta double. Vincenzo Nibali and Ilnur Zakarin completed the podium.
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Vuelta a Espana 2017 : Stage 13 – Trentin takes his triple while the top three hold station

Matteo Trentin said he was going to win the stage and he duly delivered his treble and Quick-Step Floor’s fifth victory at La Vuelta. The Italian was simply too strong on the uphill kicker of a finish, taking the bunch sprint by a bike length from Sky’s man-of-the-moment Gianni Moscon (Sky) and Sunweb’s Danish tyro Søren Kragh Andersen. It wasn’t all good news for Quick-Step however, as Davide de la Cruz found himself on the wrong side of a split in the furious, technical finale to slip from 4th to 5th place. The rest top 10 on GC all finished in the first group and stay as they were going into a make-or-break mountainous weekend.
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Vuelta a Espana 2017 : Stage 10 – Trentin doubles up while Roche goes stealth

It was one of the fastest stages so far in the Vuelta 2017 and, other than an escapee’s win and a stealth move from a GC contender, pretty uneventful. Matteo Trentin kept the Quick-Step winning streak going by taking his second stage of this Vuelta from the break and taking back the points jersey from Chris Froome. For all the twisting and turning on the technical descent, the GC didn’t change – well, not in positions, but one rider made up a whole hatful of seconds …
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