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Tour of Britain 2019: Matteo Trentin wins Stage 2 sprint and takes GC

James Spender
8 Sep 2019

Matteo Trentin takes GC, narrowly catching Alex Dowsett on the line

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) took the stage and the green jersey when he crossed the line first on Stage 2 of the 2019 Tour of Britain, narrowly catching a last-dicth Alex Dowsett breakaway just metres from the finish.

How the stage unfolded

Saturday was a memorable day for Jumbo-Visma, Dylan Groenewegen taking victory in Stage 1 of the Tour of Britain while teammate Primoz Roglic was busy riding high in the red jersey – and avoiding major crashes – some 2,000km away at the Vuelta a Espana

The Tour of Britain’s Stage 2 began and finished in the town of Kelso in the Scottish Borders, comprising a 165.9km anticlockwise loop taking riders over three Category 2 climbs, Harden’s Hill, Scott’s View and Dingleton, before culminating in a technical finish over Kelso’s cobbled streets.

The breakaway took to its heels at 10km, and midway Pete Williams (SwiftCarbon Pro), Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R La Mondiale) and Sam Jenner (Team Wiggins-Le Col) had established a near two-minute gap, but 55km to go and the peloton had slashed that in half. So far, so predictable.

The race came alive with 30km to go, Mathieu van der Poel (Correndon-Circus) launching an attack to bridge to the break, joined by Lotto-Soudal’s Frederik Freson. Jumbo-Visma, keen to carry Groenewegen into another sprint contest, gave chase.

The catch came and the peloton turned towards the final climb to up to Dingleton. The race’s second big move came when Team Ineos’s Pavel Sivakov disappeared over the climb, stringing out the peloton and putting immense pressure on Groenewegen, who slipped back looking troubled.

A second group formed behind the Ineos rider, turning the screws on an ailing Groenewegen and frustrated Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), who found themselves one minute back in the main peloton with 10km. No coming back now, and surely a new green jersey race leader today.

In that lead group was Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin), and with just minutes to go to Kelso, the British time-trial National champion launched himself out of the front of the group and for an agonising two kilometres looked like he might just squeak a surprise win.

But with Israel Cycling Academy driving the chase, the Briton was caught metres before the finish, and in the sprint melee, Trentin emerged victorious.