"I made a mistake in the sprint, it's a pity" - Matteo Trentin misses out on a debut victory for Tudor at GP La Marseillaise

Matteo Trentin finished ninth on his debut for the Tudor Pro Cycling Team in the 2024 season at the Grand Prix La Marseillaise.

"They were very strong on the climbs," Trentin told DirectVelo of race winner, Kevin Geniets and runner-up, Alex Baudin. "Congratulations to them for going all the way. They were the best climbers and the strongest of the race."

Kevin Vauquelin's strategic attack at the end of the race could not be answered by Trentin, who admitted to having tried two or three times, but the FDJ team blocked his attempts. "That's the way it is... I understand the strategy," added the Tudor Pro Cycling rider.

As for his team, Trentin praised the work of his teammates. "For our part, we did what we had to do. I have nothing to reproach the guys, they did their job, especially Florian (Stork, ed), who was with me for a long time."

Although Trentin was not completely satisfied with his sprint finish, he acknowledged that the overall result left him happy considering the feelings he experienced during the race. "I was clearly wrong in the sprint. Finishing ninth is not crazy, it's just a shame. I could have aimed for something more, but on the other hand I was the only heavy rider in front, which is not so bad. I didn't feel good during the whole race, so overall I can be happy. It's good for the future."

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