Tour de France 7: Matteo Trentin

Embedded image permalinkBold is the word. In a world made of word this one could be the right one for the rider putting the wheel ahead Sagan's, because I remember that was my impression when I interviewed him. A strong minded youth, not very deep nor complicated. A strong builded body good for the races in the north, good for wind and rain, for demanding days and hard work. A beautifully shaped face, a direct look - not shy, not avoiding – an open loud laugh. Matteo Trentin isn't new to the victory, even on the Tour, but still a surprise for the cycling cyrcus media used to incensate a leader. Trentin is not a leader and normally works for others. He is not a gregarious too. Not a domestique. Something wild in his look, something smelling mounatins and woods. OPQS is not a team working on leader and helpers. It remembers me the old good CSC, riders playing different roles in different races. They came to the Tour with Mark Cavendish eager to grab the Green, lost the Englishman on the English ground but never gave up the fight for a stage victory, showing not only guts but also imagination. Matteo Trentin won at the sprint. At the photofinish. But OPQS had built the victory from the start, ostinately. And Peter Sagan – less explosive, less supported – had lost it in his mind already, anticipating, wasting energies. Trentin the opportunist, one of the possible cards, determined and cool. Sagan nervous, isolated.

Trentin smiles on the podium, team mates share his joy. Sagan seems sorry wearing his Green day after day. He's also White but he says that Green matches better with his Wolverine's eyes. Trentin doesn't care about colours, he sticks to facts: solid and plain as a mountain blench.  

1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step5:18:39 
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale  
3Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol  
4Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
5Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
6Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
7Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
8Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
9Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling  
10Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
1Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team29:57:04 
2Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:00:02 
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:00:44 
4Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:50 
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol0:01:45 
6Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol  
7Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky0:01:54 
8Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:02:05 
9Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:11 
10Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
11Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
12Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:02:20 
13Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:02:25 
14Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling0:02:27 
15Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:02:30 
16Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:37 
17Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:39 
18Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:14 
19Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:03:24 
20Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge0:03:29 

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