In a sight that everyone is happy to see again, multiple Giro d’Italia stage winner Michael Matthews has featured in the final kilometres of stage 13 at the Tour de France.
Uncharacteristically quiet as he recovered from a rib injury sustained in the first week of racing, the improvement in Matthews’ condition was enough to see ORICA-GreenEDGE commit Canadian Svein Tuft and British brothers Simon and Adam Yates to the chase in support of the 24-year-old.
As the race came into the final kilometre, the 2015 Paris-Nice green jersey winner was well positioned behind three breakaway survivors but despite battling bravely, lost touch up the steep incline to the line.
Greg van Avermat (BMC Racing) took the victory from the chase whilst Matthews rolled through for 18th position.
“I definitely got sick of being dropped each day,” Matthews said. “I thought today I would have a go at it.”
|1||Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) - BMC Racing Team||4:43:42|
|2||Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff-Saxo||ST|
|3||Jan Bakelants (BEL) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:00:03|
|4||John Degenkolb (GER) - Team Giant-Alpecin||0:00:07|
|5||Paul Martens (GER) - Team LottoNL-Jumbo||0:00:07|
|6||Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky||0:00:07|
|7||Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:07|
|8||Alberto Contador (SPA) - Tinkoff-Saxo||0:00:07|
|9||Alejandro Valverde (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:07|
|10||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:07|
|17||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:17|
|64||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:58|
|95||Pieter Weening (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:05:31|
|103||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:06:50|
|135||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:11:24|
|136||Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:11:24|