August 22, 2017 / 5:12 PM / in 2 months

Trentin sprints to victory as Froome retains Vuelta red jersey

File photo: Omega Pharma-Quick Step team rider Matteo Trentin of Italy celebrates on the podium after winning the 234.5 km seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Epernay to Nancy July 11, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

(Reuters) - Matteo Trentin beat Spaniard Juan Jose Lobato in a final straight sprint to win stage four of the Vuelta A Espana on Tuesday when Chris Froome retained the overall lead.

Italian Quick-Step Floor rider Trentin completed a hat-trick of stage wins in grand tours, adding victory in the Vuelta to the Tour de France and the Giro d‘Italia.

He rode the 198.2km route from Andorra’s Escaldes-Engordany to Tarragona, Catalonia in 4:43:57.

“I was really looking for this stage win because I‘m really going well in this last part of the season,” Trentin told reporters.

“After my crash that spoiled my time in the Tour de France, I was just thinking about coming here and winning stages.”

Team Sky rider and yellow jersey Chris Froome of Britain in action in Stage 9. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

This was Quick-Step’s second stage win of the Vuelta after Yves Lampaert took stage two.

Belgium’s Tom Van Asbroeck of Cannondale-Drapac came third.

Team Sky’s Froome stays in the red jersey after finishing in the bunch, leading David de la Cruz, Nicolas Roche and Tejay van Garderen by two seconds, with an overall time of 13:37:41.

The Briton is attempting to become the first rider to do a Tour de France and Vuelta double since Bernard Hinault in 1978, when the Spanish race took place earlier in the year instead of in grueling August heat.

”It’s a great feeling to be back in red after six years,“ said Froome. ”It’s a huge privilege to be in this position.

“We’ll get to tomorrow, tomorrow. I‘m taking it one day at a time and just enjoying being in the red jersey.”

Reporting by Rik Sharma, editing by Neil Robinson

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