Trentin wins European road race after Sagan abandons

Matteo Trentin triumphs for Italy in treacherous road race

Matteo Trentin triumphs for Italy in treacherous road race

Italian Matteo Trentin sprinted to victory in the European Championships road race on Sunday after world champion and favourite Peter Sagan pulled out on a hard afternoon around the rain-soaked streets of Glasgow city centre.

Italy's Matteo Trentin won the European road race championships in Glasgow, Scotland ahead of the Netherland's Mathieu van der Poel and Belgium's Wout van Aert.

Victory sealed a wonderful comeback for the 29-year-old Trentin, a seven-time Grand Tour stage victor, who suffered a fractured thoracic spine when crashing on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix in April and had to spend six weeks off his bike. Nothing went right for eight months and so I want to thank everyone who was there for me.

Race favourite, and reigning world champion, Peter Sagan failed to make it to the finish and said afterwards that he was still being affected by the injuries he suffered in a crash during the last week of the Tour de France. "I will try to fight for my best at the end of the season".

"I had a chat with Van der Poel at the beginning of the race and he said, "it looks like cyclo-cross", said Trentin. "They were the two to watch for the race today and I beat them".

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"There was a moment of worry a few kilometres from the end when there was a crash within the leading group, but fortunately it didn't affect me, and I turned around and saw that Davide Cimolai (Groupama-FDJ/Italy) also managed to stay upright".

That was always likely to suit Trentin, a sprinter with the rare experience of winning seven stages on the three Grand Tours - the Tour de France, the Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d'Italia.

"It was a very technical course and it was really hard". I think I need more time to recover from that crash.

One week after Marta Bastianelli's win in the women's race, once again it was an Italian rider who stepped on the highest step of the podium in the Road race this afternoon which was the concluding event of the 2018 European Championships programme in Glasgow (Great Britain).

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