Tour de France stage 10

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by Mark Zalewski

July 13, 2016

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In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Michael Matthews takes first career Tour de France stage win, Froome retains GC lead; Etixx-QuickStep owns Tour of Poland opener; After failed appeal, Australian women’s road cycling team for Rio finalised; Oleg Tinkov having second thoughts about quitting cycling; Contador to miss Rio Olympics after medical review, hoping to start Vuelta; Report: Contador to Trek-Segafredo in 2017; BMC’s Bookwalter ‘relieved’ to reach first rest day of Tour de France; U.S. Government calls Lance Armstrong ‘a doper, dealer, and liar’ in court motion; A look inside Team Sky’s budget; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 6-9; Tour de France, stage 10 recap; Tour de France 2016: Batteries recharged; 11 bottles for Adam Hansen in less than 30 seconds. A new world record?; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 2; Mini-team Sky on recovery

Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) took the victory on stage 10 of the 2016 Tour de France. Photo: Cor Vos

Michael Matthews takes first career Tour de France stage win, Froome retains GC lead

by Michael Better

Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) took his first career stage win at the Tour de France out of a breakaway on stage 10 in Revel Tuesday. The finish saw the top two finishers at the world championships in 2015, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Matthews, battle it out for the stage victory. And though there was no rainbow jersey on the line, Matthews got a bit of redemption against his Slovakian rival.

Matthews was aided by numerical advantage; Orica teammates Daryl Impey and Luke Burbridge also rode in the day’s breakaway, giving the Australian team three out of 15 in the break. The three riders made the select group of seven after Sagan split the breakaway in crosswinds with 25km remaining.

“It’s unbelievable,” Matthews said. “I was close to giving in at this race after I had two bad crashes [in 2014 and 2015]. I thought maybe this race is not for me but today my dream comes true. It was never the plan to go for a breakaway today. We wanted a bunch sprint finish but we’re such a strong group of guys. Durbridge and Impey gave me everything to win today. I have no words to describe what they did for me.”

Durbridge and Impey sacrificed themselves for their teammate, with the latter attacking multiple times on the short Category 3 climb before the finish. Matthews shadowed Sagan the entire time and came through for all his teammates hard work. His Tour win gives him stage wins in all three of the Grand Tours.

The peloton rolled across the line 9:39 behind the stage winner. Chris Froome (Team Sky) pulled on the maillot jaune for another stage, as no changes occurred in the general classification. Froome leads the leader of the Best Young Rider Classification, Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange), by 16 seconds, with Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) in third at 19 seconds.

Stage 10: Escaldes-Engordany > Revel - Stage Result

Tuesday 12th July 2016

1. au
MATTHEWS Michael
ORICA-BikeExchange
04:22:38
2. sk
SAGAN Peter
Tinkoff
-
3. no
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
Dimension Data
-
4. be
VAN AVERMAET Greg
BMC Racing Team
-
5. fr
DUMOULIN Samuel
AG2R La Mondiale
-
6. za
IMPEY Daryl
ORICA-BikeExchange
0:02
7. au
DURBRIDGE Luke
ORICA-BikeExchange
1:10
8. it
CARUSO Damiano
BMC Racing Team
3:01
9. es
IZAGIRRE Gorka
Movistar Team
3:10
10. fr
GALLOPIN Tony
Lotto Soudal
-
11. pt
COSTA Rui
Lampre - Merida
-
12. fr
CHAVANEL Sylvain
Direct Energie
-
13. es
LANDA Mikel
Team Sky
3:14
14. it
NIBALI Vincenzo
Astana Pro Team
-
15. gb
CUMMINGS Stephen
Dimension Data
5:35
16. be
THEUNS Edward
Trek - Segafredo
9:39
17. be
STUYVEN Jasper
Trek - Segafredo
-
18. dk
VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
Tinkoff
-
19. de
MARTIN Tony
Etixx - Quick Step
-
20. gb
ROWE Luke
Team Sky
-
21. si
KOREN Kristijan
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
-
22. gb
STANNARD Ian
Team Sky
-
23. es
ERVITI Imanol
Movistar Team
-
24. nl
MOLLEMA Bauke
Trek - Segafredo
-
25. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
-

 

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Today’s feature image comes from stage 10 of the Tour de France.

  • Dave

    Nice work combining the title ‘batteries recharged’ and a video with a Trek-Segafredo rider ;-)

  • sket

    I understand that it’s his role, but how valuable is Impey to OBE?! He continues to be instrumental in a diversity of finales

    • velocite

      That finale was like an execution. Perfectly executed, anyway.

      • common sense

        or it might have been arranged prior to the intermediate sprint (where Sagan had a chat to contenders first, then rolled over, with no contest) Sagan was after one thing, the green jersey back, and a little organised placings, (where he gets 2nd) would get his green jersey back.

        what was Cav blothering, as he was getting towed back to the group, behind the Mavic car, and making hand gestures?!

        • Hamish F

          I think Cav was making hand gestures as the tv moto was a little to close

          • Dave

            He doesn’t like being on camera sitting behind a car. He was telling them to f*ck off and that he had been for a piss stop and that’s why he was sitting behind the car getting a tow back to the pelo as lots of others were too. I sort of agree with him too. It’s not a great look having anyone draft cars.

          • jules

            I wonder if Cav was concerned about the vision of him sitting comfortably in the draft of the neutral vehicle, ‘trying’ to get back on to the bunch.

        • Michele

          Spot on re: Sagan.

          Green points priority no. 1. Was obviously comfortable in knowing he’d get a high stage placing despite all the work he did before hand.

          So far in his TdF career, Sagan has raced 94 prologue / TT / stages.

          He’s been leading the Green jersey competition for 75 of those days.

          That’s 80% of the time.

          By the end of this edition, it will be 86 days out of 105.

          Amazing really.

          • Sean

            I expect better from him.

            • Michele

              Oleg ??? :)

              • Sean

                My wife was saying something similar to that this morning when we had a cuddle.

          • Abdu

            Trivia answers how many times has he actually work the green jersey?

        • De Mac

          You’re kidding right – as if Sagan didn’t want another stage win. He was remarkably good, but simply couldn’t beat three riders who were strong and executed a very good plan…

          • common sense

            Sure Sagan wanted another win, but i guess he weighed it up, have a word to the OBE sprinter, get the green jersey back, or take the punt on the overall stage, against a team of 3, and end up with nothing. in the end he got what he wanted, and so did OBE, their first stage win, in this years TDF.

            • jules

              I doubt Sagan did any deal. OBE knew they were in the box seat there and wouldn’t have risked being caught by the bunch. No need for Sagan to convince them to work. Sagan wanted the stage win but he really had little chance against 3 organised OBE team members who worked him over nicely.

              • common sense

                i don’t have a problem about Mathews, or Chavanel, or who ever sitting on, in the break away, that’s racing! but from the way things unfolded, after Sagan had a little chat to MM, prior to the intermediate sprint, one could easily assume that a discussion may have taken place. “you get a stage win, i get the green jersey, and we all keep working to keep the group from catching”

                feel free to watch the last 80ks again, and make your own view.

                • jules

                  but Sagan is going to walk off with the green jersey this year. he doesn’t need to resort to deals for that. what he wants is stage wins. I don’t see the advantage in him doing that sort of deal.

                  he could have been discussing just about anything with Bling.

        • Gavin Adkins

          I doubt very much that the fix was in for the stage.

          • Pete

            Luckily for Matthews his team mate Gerrans was nowhere near the break.

            • jules

              Gerro was on the front of the main bunch! joking.. :)

              • Sean

                Is that the old guy with an increasing head size and a dodgy heart? Do a story on it wade, his doctor is in ivanhoe (or at least was there a few years ago).

              • Sean

                Why joke? its a real issue

      • Sean

        I couldn’t disagree more. My fatso yank mates who don’t even understand the basics reckon the win should be decided by the bloke who does the most work. By their measure durbo would have won, then followed by leigh howard who rode in the wind a lot after he was dropped. First across the line doesn’t matter, the win should be awarded to whatever nutter does the most turns. It’s the only honest way to win a stage.

        • velocite

          It was a chess game wasn’t it? I thought it had an inevitability about it from the time Impey launched his first attack. Probably your yank friends would prefer an Armstrong-like attack where he gains 2′ up the Alpe d’Huez. It was exciting at the time!

  • jules

    USPS thought Armstrong and his team were riding on panne e acqua, now they want their sponsorship money back.

    in other news, pay TV viewers are suing broadcasters after it was revealed WWE wrestling was rigged and awash with performance enhancing drugs.

    • velocite

      Ha ha! What strikes me about the wording of that ‘Government response’ is that it’s wild and woolly, devoid of any rigour. It doesn’t seem that anything in it was ‘a factual matter’, and if it’s relevant whether USPS got value for sponsorship, if I was on the jury I’d say they got fantastic value, beyond their wildest dreams.

      • jules

        by their own logic, USPS should have to pay back all the financial value they gained from when Armstrong was winning Tours, before he was caught. why is it only the losses they claim from the fallout of his doping revelations that are on the table? not that it’s in any way clear to me that there were any losses.

        it’s a stupid case, they are just jumping on the bandwagon. the argument seems to be mostly “come on everyone is taking a shot at Armstrong these days. why can’t we? it’s the vibe of the thing”

        then there’s the fact that USPS sponsored Tailwind sports (or whatever), not Armstrong personally.

        I don’t weep for Armstrong. he set himself up for this. but the US govt are being opportunistic.

        • velocite

          Out of control public servants.

          • Abdu

            So Thomas Wiesel and LA’s big $ backers haven’t had anything to say, guess they didn’t know anything. That’s nice then.

    • Doris Torres

      <<o. ???????????????????????????????????????????????????:::::::!bw858p:….,..

  • Dave

    CT, you might want to check the videos you’ve embedded above, not as stated!

  • Anto, NZ

    Adam Hansen…. Pure legend!

  • Roger That

    Vlery good vlog. Behind the behind the scenes.

    • Abdu

      Keeping a sense of humour is obv pretty hard with the relentless pace of reporting/driving/etc. but it’s funny to see the lads have turned on each other already…

  • Andy B

    Come on Tinkov, you’re either in or you’re out

    How many people is he stuffing around by being non commital
    Any riders & Staff would surely snap up what offers they can over the possibility of them being around for another year

    • jules

      Oleg strikes me as one of those employers who believes he can squeeze maximum performance from his employees/riders by making them feel as insecure about their jobs as possible. It’s a risky tactic that doesn’t always work, although on the other hand I feel a need to grudgingly sympathise when you see how some riders’ performances oscillate in sync with their contract period.

      Unfortunately for his riders it’s a buyer’s market and he will attract new riders if he puts money on the table.

  • Sean

    Lots of people on the internets who don’t understand cycling have been bagging Matthews for his win. Apparently the winner should be the dude who does the most work, they say this is the only honorable way to win.

    I really dislike those fans who get on the bandwagon for three weeks.

    • jules

      I also find those footballers who block the path of opponents and even throw them to the ground to be very rude.

      • Sean

        I generally try not be to harsh on the johny come latelies who think the tour de france is the only bike race that exists. They’re mostly fatso yanks without a clue….so I do feel sorry for them.

      • Sean

        Oh no, the goalie used his hands! He should have stuck his nose in the wind and used his feets.

    • Andy B

      If this was the case I would win every club race I went in #poortactics

      • jules

        in any case it’s a team sport and if you tally the amount of work OBE did in the break vs. Tinkoff, the question could well be asked: why didn’t Tinkoff pull their weight? ;)

    • Abdu

      Really? You need to keep off the News Limited websites then.

      On that rationale, Kittel, Cav, etc. are similarly a bunch of loafers.

      Meh. This is 1% of the Karma payback for his previous crashes (and very gutsy riding on) from last year etc.

      • Sean

        @@SupermanSam:disqus I was referring to the yanks who following cycling for 3 weeks in cyclingnews. So no, I don’t need to get off the rubbish at news ltd.

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