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Vuelta a Espana 2017: Matteo Trentin outfoxes his rivals to take Stage 10

Matteo Trentin was the strongest and cleverest as he took his second stage win of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana

Jack Elton-Walters
29 Aug 2017

Matteo Trenton (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 10 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana from a small breakaway group, beating Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) into second. Despite it being yet another day for the breakaway to take the stage honours, there was still action in the General Classication contenders' group.

The original breakaway was sizeable but the attritional nature of the pace at the front whittled it down over the course of the stage until there were only the - Trentin and Rojas - left with a chance of the stage win.

Trentin rode the stage in the green points jersey, which he was wearing on behalf of overall leader Chris Froome (Team Sky), and he was motivated by the chance of making it his own by rights.

Trentin allowed Rojas to lead them under the flamme rouge before they started looking at each other in the finish funnel.

Rojas took it up first and Trentin took his wheel before the latter came off the wheel to take his second stage win of the race.

Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) snuck out of the GC group and gained time of some of his rivals for a podium position.

Stage 10, the first after the rest day

The first stage after a rest day at any Grand Tour can have a different effect on different riders. Some will continue in good form and their legs will have made the most of the easier day before to regain some freshness.

Other riders suffer and we've even seen podium contenders tumble out of contention when their legs have refused to work as they should after a return to racing.

Stage 10 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana took place off the back of the race's first rest day but all the big names seemed to have kept themselves in good health over the first week of racing and continued in the same way at the start of the second week.

A large breakaway was allowed to go away eventually after a high paced start even saw splits in the main field.

Those gaps were covered and the peloton rode along at the pace set by Team Sky while the escapees pushed their advantage out to almost six minutes.

As the lead group hit the slopes of the day's only classified climbs, which rolled on one after the other, its numbers were depleted as the pace increased.

Jacques Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) went away first but was later joined by Trentin, Jaime Roson (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Rojas.

Other riders came over the final summit in ones and twos and attacked the descent to try and get back in contention for the stage win.

Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) looked to be enjoying the descent less than his rivals as he was formed to unclip and use his lose leg as a counter-balance on several corners.

Back in the main group, the GC teams massed at the front of the bunch with Team Sky particularly visible.

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was monitoring the situation by hanging around the red jersey of Team Sky leader Froome.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) went over the summit firsy of the main bunch, positioning himself ready for a trademark descent.

Despite his skills and his best efforts, Nibali could not get a big enough gap and Roche and Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) were able to catch back onto the Italian's wheel.

Roche then took it up and set the pace on the now growing GC group. Froome, Contador and Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) were soon back in contact as the group continued to swell.

The lead quartet was reduced to a duo when Trentin and Rojas went away and worked well together as they got within 4km of the finish line.

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