The 157-kilometer stage, which started at the Catedral de Burgos and finished at the Mirador del Castillo, on top of the punchy Alto del Castillo got off to a relatively relaxed start with a five-rider breakaway opening up an advantage of five minutes in the opening 20 kilometers.
On the category one Alto de Altotero, around halfway through the stage, the leading riders were sitting less than four minutes up the road as the peloton, which was keeping tight control of the race, began to pick up the pace with potential crosswinds on the minds’ of the teams and riders.
Strong winds did go on to whip up excitement in the final 30 kilometers of the day, however, it wasn’t enough to do any real damage and, as the riders approached the one-kilometer climb to the finish line, which had an average gradient of 6.1 percent, for the first time the race was back together.
Trentin was positioned well at the front of the strung-out bunch going over the top and shortly after the descent, he was joined at the front by teammates Gradek, de la Parte, Sajnok and Małecki, who led the race to set they team leader up for the final battle to the line.
Sajnok pulled off the front just before the flamme rouge and Trentin looked strong at the front of the reduced field which was predominantly made up of climbers, including Felix Großschartner (BORA – hansgrohe) who attacked in the closing meters to open up a gap and claim the stage win.
The Italian rider continued to push hard on the challenging climb and showed his good form after the extended break to finish inside the top ten.
Quotes From the Finish Line
It was the first time coming back to the races in months after training. But training is never racing and today was a proper race with crosswinds, attacking, chasing, we didn’t miss anything. Just maybe the uphill finish was unlucky for us. I think the team, after the difficult time with coronavirus, came back and showed what we are capable of doing. Of course, the finish was hectic. If you see the finish line, then it was probably only climbers except me. I was fading in the final like I was going to go backwards but I think the guys worked beautifully. The plan was to bring me to the climb with as less stress as possible and that’s what they did. I think this is a good start, it’s not the result, but it’s a good start and the mentality and cooperation of the team was beautiful.
Vuelta a Burgos
Stage 1: Burgos (Catedral de Burgos) > Burgos (Mirador del Castillo), 157km
Top 3: 1. Felix Großschartner (BORA – hansgrohe) 2. João Almeida (Deceuncink – Quick-Step) 3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team)
CCC Team Top 3: 9. Matteo Trentin 29. Víctor de la Parte 72. Szymon Sajnok