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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.
The Australian was scheduled to make his Tour debut in 2014, but it was derailed by a crash in training just days before. Last year the Canberran broke four ribs on stage 3 and suffered just to make it to Paris. The Tour stage win completes the trifecta for Matthews, who now has stage wins in all three Grand Tours.
“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.”
Read the full stage 10 race report, highlight video and results here.