The 198.4km stage offered up only the second bunch sprint of the race so far and Trentin, who claimed his first win on stage 4 before adding a hillier stage a week later, again proved himself to be the fastest rider at this Vuelta.
Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) finished second, with Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) third.
The stage was complicated by an uphill drag in the final 3km, with the road kicking up again just ahead of the flamme rouge and then again with around 600m to go. By the final few hundred meters a messy peloton was split up and strung out but Trentin, having been guided through the closing kilometers – and indeed the entire stage – by his Quick-Step Floors team, was in a perfect position and made no mistakes.
“It’s amazing because I came in this race with confidence but I never expected something like this,” said Trentin, who has doubled his Grand Tour stage win tally over the course of the last two weeks.
“On paper, it looked less hard, especially from three to two kilometers to the finish. But we decided to go for it full, the whole team, except of course for [David] De la Cruz. The guys were incredible, it was amazing. Everybody did his job and gave everything they had, 100 per cent. When the team is like this you have to finish off the work they do.”
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