Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 14, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Crosswinds wreak havoc! Sagan wins Tour de France stage 11, Froome extends lead; Gaviria makes it two-for-two in Poland; Prudhomme: The wind was 104 km/h, Ventoux is impossible; Matthews’ long road to Tour de France success: ‘I was almost giving up on this race’; Flamme rouge incident malicious?; The Secret Pro at the 2016 Tour de France: Sky is conserving, Cav is back, and squabbles in the gruppetto; Meet Megan Guarnier: women’s cycling’s new leader; Romain Bardet says new generation taking over in cycling; Prudhomme calls for fans to respect riders; Driver targets, hits cyclist in UK; Tour of Alberta announces route; What leads amateurs to dope?; Person of interest sought in tack incident; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 10 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 10; Storm on the Ventoux

Matthews’ long road to Tour de France success: ‘I was almost giving up on this race’

by Matt de Neef

It’s been a bumpy road to Tour de France glory for Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange). A long-awaited debut in 2014 was thwarted by a crash in training just days before the start, and last year’s campaign was derailed by a crash on stage 3 that left the Canberran with four broken ribs.

This year’s race was shaping up to be no less frustrating with two crashes in the first week, leaving the 25-year-old despondent.

“I was almost giving up on this race,” Matthews said. “I was going to say ‘Maybe the Tour de France wasn’t for me.’ I’ve just had so much bad luck in this race.”

But everything changed on today’s 10th stage of the 2016 Tour.

Matthews got himself in the day-long breakaway of 15 riders with teammates Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey for company. All three would make it to the final selection of seven riders before Matthews powered to a compelling victory in Revel, outsprinting Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data).

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