Matteo Trentin takes the victory at Le Samyn


Matteo Trentin held Hugo Hofstetter at the finish line to win the 2022 Le Samyn.

The UAE Team Emirates rider forged clear in an elite group of 8 riders who moved away inside the final 20km of the cobbled finishing circuit, on a day which took the riders from Quaregnon to Dour (209km).

Trentin made the most of his good form to make attacks in the closing kilometres but found himself a heavily marked man by the like of Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) who would not let the Italian clear.

In the closing sprint Trentin opened up and held his nerve to finish just ahead of Hugo Hofstetter (Arkea-Samsic).

“It was a really good race, extremely hard and aggressive from start to finish”, said Trentin. “As a team we knew we didn’t want it to finish in a big bunch sprint as there were some fast finishers there. Attacks really started from about 50km out, first I went away in a group of 25 and it gradually got narrowed down to just just a few of us. I think today I really tried to make the race instead of following and it worked out well for me in the end. ”


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