Saturday July 13th, 2013

Stage 14Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule / Lyon

Start 12h40 (Local time)

Matteo Trentin: "It's my first win as a pro"

interview13.07.2013Stage 14- Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule / Lyon

His role on the formidable Omega Pharma-Quickstep team is to be part of a lead-out train but on the day 23-year-old Matteo Trentin had a chance to race for himself, he became a winner at the Tour de France. He timed his sprint like a veteran but confessed in interviews afterwards that it is, in fact, his first win as a pro.

“There was no strategy in the finale. My first thing that I discussed with my director in the team car, Daniele Bramati, was to think about not using too much energy because yesterday we used a lot of energy in the crosswinds to set up the victory of Mark [Cavendish]. The other riders also knew that so it was like I had a little bit of a license to pull less. The other point was to survive on the climb because the other guys like Tejay van Garderen, [Andrew] Talansky, and also Jens Voigt... on a climb they are better than me. If I lose 10 metres to them, then it's finished so I just survived on both of the last hills. In the end, I just followed the guys and closed the gap when I needed to close it.

“To be honest, with two kilometres to go, I thought it was finished because [Julien] Simon was still at the the front. [Marcus] Burghardt attacked from the last corner with Michael Albasini; I tried to come back to them on my own but there were other riders on my wheel and they attacked one more time. I just followed them and we came back together as a group with 500 metres to go and I waited until the 200m to go mark to launch my sprint because we had a tailwind so it was good. It's my first win as a pro, a nice way to start.”

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