Matthews at the dou­ble, Froome keeps yel­low jersey

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Ro­mans-sur-Isère, France - Aus­tralian Michael Matthews won his sec­ond stage of the 2017 Tour de France on Tues­day and closed in on the green jersey held by Mar­cel Kit­tel.

Chris Froome re­tained the over­all lead in a hec­tic fi­nale to stage 16 baulked by cross­winds that saw con­tenders Daniel Martin and Al­berto Con­ta­dor lose time.

Matthews edged a photo fin­ish ahead of Nor­way's Ed­vald Boas­son Ha­gen, al­ready de­nied by the cam­eras in stage seven when Kit­tel won, with John De­genkolb third. "It was a great day, it went ten times bet­ter than was planned," said Matthews.

On top of that, Matthews claimed an­other 50 points in the sprint­ers' green jersey com­pe­ti­tion to close to 29 points be­hind Quick-Step's Kit­tel.

The cross­winds got rid of other top sprint­ers An­dre Greipel and Alexan­der Kristoff, leav­ing lit­tle com­pe­ti­tion for Matthews at the fin­ish.

French­man Ro­main Bardet was al­most caught out but was paced back to the lead group by team-mate Oliver Nae­sen, while Fabio Aru had to bridge a small gap by him­self.

The Ital­ian re­mains sec­ond at 18 sec­onds with Bardet third at 23 sec­onds.

Froome's Span­ish team-mate Mikel Landa re­claimed fifth place from Martin, who dropped to seventh, while Nairo Quin­tana climbed back into the top ten at the ex­pense of Con­ta­dor.

Raed Ibrahim

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