It was another case of the peloton keeping the race under control on stage two, which was set to be one for the sprinters and fast men in the peloton, and the day’s early five-rider breakaway was never allowed to extend their advantage out to much more than four minutes over the first half of the race.
Approaching the 70-kilometer to go mark, the leaders were able to pull the gap out to closer to five minutes but in the end, with a predominantly flat course and none of the strong winds seen yesterday, it proved relatively straightforward for the day’s key players and their teams to pull back the breakaway with 15 kilometers to go.
With the pace already high, it wasn’t long before teams started to battle for their space on the road especially as positioning was going to be crucial going for the finish with a tricky final right-hand turn leading onto the home straight but once again, CCC Team successfully rallied around Trentin and took the reins at the front with three kilometers to go.
Eventually, Trentin was delivered to the front of the bunch and well-placed for the final corner before launching his sprint shortly after to power to fourth place on the line behind Gaviria, Arnaud Demare (Groupama – FDJ) and Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), a result which sees him move up to third overall on the General Classification ahead of the mountain stages on the final two days of racing.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“I feel quite good. The sprint itself was ok but I wasn’t in the best position. But Szymon Sajnok, Patrick Bevin, and the two Kamils [Kamil Gradek and Kamil Małecki] did an awesome job today keeping me safe in the front. I didn’t have to spend too much energy. I think in the end there were only a few pure sprinters in front of me so I can’t really complain about the result. We knew the last corner at the end was the one that would make you win and Gaviria did it right.
We are racing even harder now. Today, I didn’t expect BORA – hansgrohe to rip it on the climb but I was happy because I was there without any problems. Little by little the condition I have is where it has to be for the biggest goals in the season. Of course, if I can snatch a victory now it would be much better. But I think the team has really demonstrated how we can execute a plan. Two days in a row, we did it almost perfectly so I think it is a good start. If not the result, but the attitude.”
Vuelta a Burgos
Stage 2: Castrojeriz > Villadiego, 168km
Top 3: 1. Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team-Emirates) 2. Arnaud Demare (Groupama – FDJ) 3. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
CCC Team Top 3: 4. Matteo Trentin 18. Szymon Sajnok 32. Víctor de la Parte