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Vuelta a Espana 2017: Matteo Trentin wins Stage 4 sprint after uneventful day

Matteo Trentin crossed the line first, getting the pay off for Quick-Step Floors' efforts

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 4 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana on one of the few days for the sprinters at this year's race. The stage win means that Trentin has now taken a stage victory at each of the three Grand Tours.

The Italian also received the green points jersey as a result of Stage 4's result.

It was a fairly uneventful stage with little happening other than a couple of minor spills in the bunch.

There weren't any notable changes in the General Classification as Chris Froome (Team Sky) retained the overall leaders and those with desires for the red jersey remained at much the same time gap as they'd started the day.

Bora-Hansgrohe had taken responsibility as the peloton moved within 4km of the finish line, while on the opposite side of the road AG2R La Mondiale led the overall contenders towards the 3km safety line.

As the teams jostled for position there was a crash towwards the back of the bunch and it was far enough out that those involved lost time to the rest of the field.

Approaching the flamme rouge Quick-step Floors took it up but were swamped in a corner. Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport) could be seen jumping from wheel to wheel on the rival sprint trains.

Quick-Step's hardwork paid off as Trentin crossed the line with his arms raised.

How Stage 4 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana all unfolded 

Departing from Escaldes-Engordany, Stage 4 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana took the peloton predominantly downhill to the coastal town of Tarrragona, Anella Mediterranea.

The 198.2km route was earmarked as one of the rare days for a bunch sprint, with the only categorised climb coming 60km from the finish. 

Like yesterday, a break was allowed to form pretty quickly with Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis), Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana Postobon), Diego Rubio and Nicholas Schulz (Caja Rural) establishing a lead ahead of the main bunch.

They were then later joined by Johan Le Bon (FDJ) to establish the quintet of riders at the head of affairs. Meanwhile, the peloton rode at a consistent tempo with Team Sky controlling the time gap for race leader Froome.

The time gap ebbed and flowed around the seven minute mark with Team Sky and Quick-Step Floors leading the chase. In their maiden Grand Tour, Aqua Blue Sport also offered a hand in the chase with 110km left to go.

With the racing being far from unmissable, a highlight of the afternoon was the classic 'camera-showing-how-hot-Spain-is' shot with temperatures reaching 38 degrees according to the camera motorbike.

As the break hit the only climb of the day, the Alto de Belltall, Rossetto pushed on with only Rubio managing to match the change in pace.

The next moment of note came with 18km to go when Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) was seen picking himself up off the floor on a straight, narrow residential street.

The Dutchman had two teammates on hand to pace him back to the rapidly moving peloton.

With 10km to go, the leading duo had an advatage of just 18 seconds and that dropped away with every turn of the pedals.

The pair was caught with 7.9km to go and the sprint and GC teams continued to amass at the front of the peloton.

With 6km left to race and with the peloton spread across a large motorway, Juan Sebastian Molano (Manzana Postobon) pushed on in the doomed hope of taking a solo win. The WorldTour teams looked suitably unmoved by his dash away and reeled him back with ease before the sprint kicked off.