Matteo Trentin: 'Hopefully Van Der Poel is dropped before the Worlds final'

The Italian lost his chance at an overall Tour of Britain win as Mathieu van der Poel raced to the stage win

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The only way to beat Dutch sensation Mathieu van der Poel at the Yorkshire World Championships road race will be drop him before the final sprint, according to Matteo Trentin.

Trentin had to kiss goodbye to any hopes of winning the Tour of Britain today when he lost out in a two-up uphill sprint to Van der Poel on the penultimate stage of the race. Both riders are serious contenders for the rainbow jersey in Yorkshire.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.