Matthews wins stage

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Rodez, France - Australian Michael Matthews won the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Satur­day as Chris Froome re­took the yel­low jer­sey from Fabio Aru.

Matthews won com­fort­ably ahead of Olympic cham­pion Greg Van Aver­maet in the tough up­hill sprint finish to the 181.5km stage from Blagnac to Rodez, with Nor­way's Ed­vald Boas­son Ha­gen third.

But Aru was caught out well down in the pelo­ton as gaps ap­peared in the fi­nale, al­low­ing reign­ing cham­pion Froome to re­take the jer­sey he had lost to the Ital­ian on Thurs­day.

In this type of finish, po­si­tion­ing is cru­cial and Aru failed to ma­noeu­vre him­self to the front of the pelo­ton in a rapid last ten kilo­me­tres. Froome did, though, and was in the right place when the sprint for the line started in the last 600m.

The Bri­ton fin­ished sev­enth, just a sec­ond be­hind Matthews, while Aru was well down, 25 sec­onds fur­ther adrift.

Froome now leads the race by 19sec from Aru with Ro­main Bardet third at 23sec hav­ing also lost four sec­onds to Froome in the finish, although gained two on the yel­low jer­sey.

Michael Matthews

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