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by Mark Zalewski
July 13, 2016
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
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.
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