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European champion Matteo Trentin leaves Mitchelton-Scott for CCC Team

Joe Robinson
2 Aug 2019

Versatile Italian to improve firepower of CCC in Classics and Grand Tours

The first major transfer of the season has been confirmed with European champion Matteo Trentin leaving Mitchelton-Scott for CCC Team.

Confirmed by CCC this morning, the Italian will move across to bolster the team's Spring Classics roster in a two-year deal. 

The 29-year-old recently took his third career Tour de France victory on Stage 17 to Gap and will also provide his new team with options in Grand Tours.

CCC Team General Manager Jim Ochowicz spoke on how Trentin's experience could help CCC receive a race-winning edge.

'Matteo Trentin is an exceptional cyclist so we are excited to welcome him to CCC Team for the next two years. Not only will Matteo add strength to our Classics team, where he will ride alongside Greg Van Avermaet, but his versatility as a rider will make him an asset to the team,' said Ochowicz.

'As we saw in the Tour de France, not only can Matteo sprint, but he can also climb and it was his attack on the final climb on Stage 17 that led him to the impressive solo stage win.'

In CCC Team's debut season at WorldTour level, the Polish team has struggled with only seven victories so far this season.

Interestingly, Trentin admitted he was not looking to leave Mitchelton-Scott but was tempted by the further opportunities CCC could offer him.

Despite winning a stage at the Tour last month, Trentin's personal ambitions have been hampered by the Australian team's wider goals of General Classification.

The team went to the Tour with hopes of guiding Adam Yates towards a first yellow jersey but were then forced to reassess its goals when Yates lost time in the Pyrenees.

While this led to Trentin taking a third Tour stage win, the Italian believes that he may have more opportunities in moving to CCC.  

'I wasn’t necessarily looking to change teams but I found myself with a good opportunity to join CCC Team. I think I will have more opportunities day by day with CCC Team,' said Trentin.

In the Classics, Greg Van Avermaet is always up there in every race and I am there more and more so I think we will have more opportunities together racing in the same team, rather than against each other. I’m looking forward to that next year,'

'I’m still missing a victory, or even a podium, in a big Classic so I would like to achieve that in the next seasons. I would also like to target the sprint jersey in a Grand Tour.'