Stage 7: Mougins - Biot Sophia Antipolis - Stage Details

ORICA-GreenEDGE's Michael Matthews narrowly missed out on the top ten on stage seven of Paris-Nice. The Australian was present near the front of the reduced bunch over the final two circuit laps and showed his face on the run-in toward the finish. Inside the final half-kilometre, Matthews was unable to respond to the accelerations as the stage contenders dashed towards the line. He faded to 12th place, on the same time as stage winner Tom Jelte Slagter (Garmin Sharp). Simon Yates finished three spots further back in 15th place.

“The objective today was to get Bling up for a good result on the stage. We wanted to put him in the best position possible before the circuit. This meant we needed to have enough troops left in the final if we had to take control. The goal was to give Bling as easy of a run as possible. Bling was a bit down on himself after the finish. It’s the second day in a row where he ran out of legs just at the end. The thing is – from our perspective, he did a great job today. We asked Bling to focus on using the team as much as possible. He’s still learning what that means in all sorts of scenarios. He did a really good job in that respect today. He got all the little details right, he just didn’t come up with it physically in the last 300 metres.” - Sport Director Dave McPartland


Place Rider/Team Time
1 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) - Garmin Sharp 5:00:05
2 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) - Lampre-Merida ST
3 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) - AG2R La Mondiale ST
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) - Movistar Team ST
5 Arthur Vichot (Fra) - ST
6 Tony Gallopin (Fra) - Lotto Belisol ST
7 Stefan Denifl (Aut) - IAM Cycling ST
8 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ST
9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) - Astana Pro Team ST
10 Peter Velits (Svk) - BMC Racing Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
12 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
15 Simon Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
52 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:15
75 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:09:53
148 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:22:07
149 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
150 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST