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Matteo Trentin storms to stage 2 win in Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

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Matteo Trentin wins stage 2 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) timed his sprint to perfection to claim victory in the second stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Trentin outsprinted Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Ben Swift (Team Sky) to clinch his first victory of the season while Edvald Boasson Hagen finished sixth to retain the overall lead.

Trentin’s crucial moment came on a right-hand turn just before the finishing straight, which the European champion navigated brilliantly to come out in front of Bouhanni, who had no time to recover.

Earlier, Dylan Groenewegen had been dropped on the final categorised climb of Alto de Carrasqueta but the Dutchman’s Jumbo-Visma teammates hustled him back into contention with 15km to go.

Team Sky also pushed a cluster of riders to the front, with Swift well-placed until Trentin made the decisive move. Swift was still comfortably clear of another Italian, Sonny Colbrelli of Bahrain-Merida, in fourth.

The race continues on Friday with a 191-kilometre third stage between Quart de Poblet and Chera.

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 – stage 2 results (Alicante – Alicante):

1Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

4:10:12

2Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)

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3Ben Swift (Team Sky)

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4Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)

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5Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

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6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

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7Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie)

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8Sondre Enger (Israel Cycling Academy)

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9Enrique Sanz Unzue (Euskadi)

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10Christopher Lawless (Team Sky)

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Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 – general classification after stage 2:

1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

4:23:07

2Ion Izagirre (Astana)

+05”

3Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma)

+07”

4Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida)

+08”

5Nelson Oliveira (Movistar)

+11”

6Pello Bilbao (Astana)

+12”

7Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+14”

8Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida)

+18”

9Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)

+19”

10Diego Rosa (Team Sky)

+20”