Trentin wins fourth stage, Froome maintains Vuelta lead

Trentin completes Grand Tour hat-trick as Froome retains Vuelta lead

It was to his credit that Juan Jose Lobato managed to kick off the front of the final turn and do so with such effect, but Trentin was in full flow and the Italian would not be denied his first Vuelta win, making him one of the select group of riders to have won a stage at all three Grand Tours.

The day's climbing points went to Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis), while his long-time leading partner Diego Rubio (Caja Rural) was the first man across the line in the intermediate sprint.

Their lead increased to 8 minutes after 80km of racing in very hot conditions before the sprinter's teams decided enough was enough. David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) +0.02 3.

The approach was dotted by some memorable crashed, one being Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), although he was brought back to the bunch. "The Spaniard limited his losses to 1'38" but his Italian counterpart conceded 3'35" to end his chances of a high finish in Madrid.

The two leaders had a two-minute advantage entering the final 25 kilometers, but with the sprint teams stretching their legs and pushing the pace, their ride seemed doomed. Spaniard Lobato went early on the home straight, but Trentin - second behind team-mate Yves Lampaert on Sunday's second stage - showed his class with a powerful surge en route to thumping his chest in celebration over the line.

'I was looking for a victory because I'm really going good in this last part of the season, ' Trentin told reporters after adding a Vuelta stage victory to similar successes at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia.

"We'll get to tomorrow, tomorrow". Today we made a decision to have my time.

Daniel Moreno (Movistar), Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Jelle Wallays (Lotto-Soudal) all came down in a nasty crash just outside the 3km mark, narrowly missing being given the same time as the main peloton at the finish.

Asked how it felt to complete his Grand Tour set of wins, Trentin, who will join Orica-Scott on a two-year contract at the end of the season, said: "I'm really proud to do this with Quick-Step".

"I am really proud to make this with Quick-Step team".

After Tuesday's easy ride, Wednesday should be another intense affair, as the stage toward Alcossebre is typical for the Vuelta.

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