Matthews says wee break cost him stage win

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT DIGEST - — Sam Ed­mund

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.

PHOTO: CHRISTOPHE ENA/AP

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