Trentin leads ahead of time trial

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Cycling - By Tom Cary CY­CLING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The bat­tle for the green leader’s jersey at the OVO En­ergy Tour of Bri­tain is set to move up a gear to­day with the pelo­ton due to tackle a 14-kilo­me­tre time trial in Worces­ter­shire.

Mat­teo Trentin (Mitchel­ton-scott) re­claimed the lead of the race from Mathieu van der Poel (Corendin Cir­cus) af­ter yes­ter­day’s fifth stage in the Wir­ral. Trentin fin­ished third be­hind stage win­ner Dylan Groe­newe­gen (Jum­bo­visma), tak­ing back the lead thanks to the bonus sec­onds he picked up.

But with the Ital­ian only lead­ing by three sec­onds, to­day’s race against the clock, which starts and fin­ishes in Per­shore, may well see a fur­ther reshuf­fle. Team Ineos’s Ben Swift cur­rently sits sev­enth over­all at 22 sec­onds.

Groe­newe­gen claimed his third stage win in the space of five days in Birken­head yes­ter­day, win­ning com­fort­ably from Bri­tish rider Matt Walls (GBR). The Dutch­man was given the per­fect lead­out by his team-mate Mike Te­u­nis­sen and never looked re­motely threat­ened.

Mean­while, at the Vuelta a Es­pana, 23-year-old Cum­brian rider James Knox (De­ce­un­inck-quick­step) has risen to eighth over­all fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s 17th stage.

Knox’s team-mate Philippe Gil­bert won the stage as De­ce­un­inck-quick­step made light work of cross­winds in Burgos, Gil­bert catch­ing Ir­ish­man Sam Ben­nett (Bora-hans­grohe) on the fin­ish straight.

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