Matteo Trentin, benefitting from a strong lead-out in the final technical kilometres of stage 4 of Vuelta 2017, timed his sprint to perfection. Coming off Juan Jose Lobato‘s wheel to surge past the latter, he won by a bike length to hand his team their second Vuelta stage win two days after he finished runner-up to Yves Lampaert. This victory completed the 28-year-old Italian’s hat-trick of Grand Tour wins and handed him the points’ jersey. Chris Froome finished in the bunch to retain his 2sec race lead.
No George Clooney or Kate Upton this week – sorry about that – but we do recap the Vuelta’s middle week and discuss its stage winners: three young guns, an ageing zombie and the object of Kitty’s affections – and holder of an active restraining order against her – the Sacred Haunches™ himself, Fabian Cancellara.
Before today’s start in Valls, the race paid tribute to Xavier Tondo. The Movistar climber, who was born in the town, was killed when he was accidentally crushed by his garage door while preparing for a training ride in May 2011. He was just 32.