Scheldeprijs: Trentin Top 10 in Schoten
Etixx - Quick-Step rider Matteo Trentin finished 6th in the 200km group arrival of Scheldeprijs on Wednesday. The Italian rider was led out by Mark Renshaw going into the final kilometer, but it was Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) who continued his hot streak of victories by winning the race. Edward Theuns (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise) was 2nd, and Yauheni Hutarovich (Bretagne - Séché Environnement) was 3rd.
The race came back together with 4.1km to go, and four Etixx - Quick-Step riders moved to the front after teams like Katusha and Tinkoff-Saxo had been controlling the race earlier. Trentin tried to launch his sprint on the left side but was unable to move up and constest the sprint.
There was a major crash in the middle of the peloton going into the final sprint, but no Etixx - Quick-Step riders were involved.
"When I tried to go, I tried to anticipate the sprint because Kristoff is for sure the fastest," Trentin said. "If you surprise him and go maybe 20 meters before he launches it maybe can work. But I had bad luck because guy who was pulling at the front for another team moved to my side. I am lucky I did not crash. I had to avoid him, stop pedaling and I braked. At that moment there was nothing to do. Congratulations to Kristoff on the win today and I look forward to the next races."