Italian cyclist Trentin sprints to Euro gold as Sagan quits

Gold medal winner on the parallel bars, Artur Dalaloyan of Russia, left, and silver medal winner David Belyavskiy of Russia celebrate during the men's artistic gymnastics finals at the European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Russia's Aleksandr Bondar competes in the Men's 10m Platform Final during the European Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sunday Aug. 12, 2018. (Ian Rutherford/PA via AP)
Artur Dalaloyan of Russia, center, celebrates with the gold medal after placing first on the parallel bars during the men's artistic gymnastics finals at the European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. At right is silver medal winner David Belyavskiy of Russia and left is bronze medal winner Oliver Hegi of Switzerland. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

GLASGOW, Scotland — Italian cyclist Matteo Trentin sprinted to gold in the men's road race at the European Championships on Sunday as three-time world champion Peter Sagan quit with 84 kilometers (52 miles) left.

Spearheading a leading group of five, Italian teammate Davide Cimolai set up Trentin perfectly to beat Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel and Belgium's Wout van Aert on the final meters. Spain's Jesus Herrada Lopez finished fourth.

"We decided to heat the race from the start, putting guys in the front, not risking anything and in the end it paid off really good as we had a man everywhere. It's unbelievable," said Trentin, whose victory came a week after fellow Italian Marta Bastianelli won the women's race.

The five leaders were left from a breakaway group which was reduced following one of many crashes amid persistent rain in a grueling race.

Riders completed 16 laps of the 14.4-kilometer course with some tight turns on slippery cobble stones in the shopping streets of Glasgow's center.

The race got its expected sprint finish — though without pre-race favorite Sagan, as the Slovakian rider stepped off his bike after two-thirds of the race.

"I was not in good shape. If you have no legs on this circuit... you need to be in good shape," Sagan told reporters outside the Slovakian team bus. "I have still a lot of pain from the crash from the Tour de France."

Last month, Sagan crashed heavily on a descent of the 17th stage, but he stayed in the event and ultimately crossed the line in Paris to win his sixth green jersey.

Sagan had won the inaugural edition of road cycling's European Championship two years ago, while Alexander Kristoff of Norway claimed the title last year.

Sagan's quest for another European title was first in doubt after he lost touch with the peloton, left behind after a slow wheel change forced him to catch up with the pack.

Later, the Slovak rider dropped behind again, and this time he called it a race.

"It was a very technical circuit and it was pretty hard," Sagan said. "In the end, well, I still had a lot of pain in my back and in my hip and I think I need more time to recover from that crash."

Sagan said he still planned to compete in the Cyclassics in Hamburg next Sunday and the Vuelta, which starts in two weeks' time. The Grand Tour event in Spain should set him up for the defense of his world title in Innsbruck, on a course requiring a lot of climbing in the Austrian Alps in September.

However, chasing a record fourth rainbow jersey was not on his mind yet.

"I have still some races, Hamburg, Vuelta, different races," Sagan said. "I will fight my best for the end of the season."

The race had already been deprived of an anticipated showdown between Sagan and another sprinting standout, Mark Cavendish. The British racer pulled out three days ago on medical advice after struggling with illness and injuries throughout the season.

Also, Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas was missing on the course where he won the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

In other events, Spanish golfer Pedro Oriol teamed up with Scott Fernandez to win the men's team event, beating Birgir Hafthorsson and Axel Boasson, who were part of Iceland's golden team at Saturday's mixed competition.

Sweden's Cajsa Persson and Linda Wessberg won the women's event at Gleneagles.

Artur Dalaloyan added two more golds to Russia's medal haul in gymnastics by winning the vault and parallel bar events of the men's apparatus finals.

Russia also led the medal table in diving after Aleksandr Bondar won the men's 10-meter platform for his country's fifth gold, one ahead of Britain.

Also, open water swimmer Kristof Rasovszky of Hungary won the 25-kilometer race for his second gold after also winning the 5K event and finishing runner-up in the 10K. Italy's Ariana Bridi won the women's 25K race.

The inaugural European Championships, combining the continental medal competitions from seven sport federations with athletics taking place in Berlin, ended Sunday. Russia topped the overall medal table with 31 golds, followed by Britain with 26. Italy and the Netherlands were next with 15 golds each, with Germany and France both on 13.

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