After a textbook display to claim the stage and yellow jersey yesterday, Michael Matthews and ORICA-GreenEDGE put in another solid team performance in its defence on stage four of Paris-Nice today.
Despite starting the day with grand ambitions, Matthews was up against it on the Tour’s queen stage as the general classification riders lined up for their spoils.
Australian Richie Porte (Team Sky) won the stage whilst Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx – Quickstep) finished third to reclaim the leader’s jersey from Matthews.
“We had no other choice, we had to try to keep the jersey and the boys all did a good job to try that,” sport director Laurenzo Lapage said.
|1||Richie Porte (AUS) - Team Sky||5:18:39|
|2||Geraint Thomas (GBR) - Team Sky||ST|
|3||Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||0:00:08|
|4||Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:08|
|5||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:17|
|6||Rui Costa (POR) - Lampre-Merida||0:00:24|
|7||Tony Gallopin (FRA) - Lotto Soudal||0:00:24|
|8||Fabio Aru (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:24|
|9||Rafael Valls Ferri (SPA) - Lampre-Merida||0:00:24|
|10||Simon Spilak (SLO) - Team Katusha||0:00:24|
|39||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:03:03|
|77||Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:14:01|
|78||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:14:01|
|84||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:17:04|
|96||Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:21:58|
|103||Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:21:58|
|107||Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:23:25|
|122||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:23:25|