Considering where they have come from this Tour de France, it was particularly pleasing for ORICA-GreenEDGE to see Simon Yates and Michael Matthews in the main break on stage 18 in the Alps today.
Matthews, who suffered broken ribs in a stage three crash, has been growing in strength and confidence every day whilst Yates is still overcoming the affects of Bronchitis that hinder any excessive output of effort.
Regardless, the pair made their way into a big group of 29 riders that established in the first 15km of the 186.5km stage from Gap to Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne and remained in contention well into the second half of racing.
Matthews, the sprint classification winner at Paris-Nice earlier in the year, lost contact at the lower inclines of the hors category Col du Glandon.
Yates lost contact shortly after but managed to ride himself back into the group on the same climb before eventually the elastic snapped around five kilometres from its peak.
“It was always going to be hard to win the stage today but for those guys to recover from what they have and give themselves a chance, it’s a good sign,” sport director Matt White said.
|1||Romain Bardet (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale||5:03:40|
|2||Pierre Rolland (FRA) - Team Europcar||0:00:33|
|3||Winner Anacona (COL) - Movistar Team||0:00:59|
|4||Bob Jungels (LUX) - Trek Factory Racing||0:00:59|
|5||Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:59|
|6||Serge Pauwels (BEL) - MTN - Qhubeka||0:01:01|
|7||Cyril Gautier (FRA) - Team Europcar||0:01:50|
|8||Damiano Caruso (ITA) - BMC Racing Team||0:01:50|
|9||Andrew Talansky (USA) - Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team||0:01:55|
|10||Warren Barguil (FRA) - Team Giant-Alpecin||0:03:02|
|55||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:18:44|
|56||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:18:44|
|100||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:34:32|
|132||Pieter Weening (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:35:51|
|146||Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE|
|148||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE|