Matthews says wee break cost him stage win
CYCLING: Michael Matthews blames the urgent need to urinate for failing to win a second consecutive stage in the Tour de France.
The Aussie was looking strong in a 28-man breakaway at the start of the decisive Col de Peyra Taillade with less than 40km remaining in stage 15 when he caved to an all-day urge and lost contact.
On a volatile day of racing in the Massif Central, Dutchman Bauke Mollema won his first Tour stage and Chris Froome survived a broken spoke and searing rival attacks to stay in yellow. Matthews, whose emphatic stage 14 win kept his green jersey hopes alive, was the fastest finisher in that lead group of riders and would have been the favourite if he’d stayed in touch on the 8.3km climb.
“I really think I had the legs to win today and unfortunately, with busting for a nature break, I think it cost me the win,” Matthews (pictured) said.