ORICA-GreenEDGE started a tough stage four of the Tour de France with some sore bodies courtesy of the nasty crash that took down five of the team’s riders yesterday.
It was to be a tough test as the longest stage of the three-week Tour, with the added complication of 13.3km of cobble sectors. They may not have finished in the front of proceedings; but that they all did in relatively good condition was a win in itself.
The Australian outfit started the day two men down following the withdrawal of Simon Gerrans with a broken wrist and Daryl Impey courtesy of a fractured collarbone.
Of those remaining, Michael Matthews was the biggest concern, suffering from injured ribs that were causing considerable pain breathing.
The 25-year-old finished 16:53minutes down on solo winner Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep), but without any doubts of completion.
“It’s really hard to say (how hard it was),” Matthews said. “I think my ribs jumped in and out of place a few times there.”
|1||Tony Martin (GER) - Etixx - Quick-Step||5:28:58|
|2||John Degenkolb (GER) - Team Giant-Alpecin||0:00:03|
|3||Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff-Saxo||0:00:03|
|4||Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:03|
|5||Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) - MTN - Qhubeka||0:00:03|
|6||Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||0:00:03|
|7||Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) - Team Katusha||0:00:03|
|8||Tony Gallopin (FRA) - Lotto Soudal||0:00:03|
|9||Zdenek Stybar (CZE) - Etixx - Quick-Step||0:00:03|
|10||Bryan Coquard (FRA) - Team Europcar||0:00:03|
|85||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:03:41|
|116||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:05:37|
|138||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:05:56|
|180||Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:16:53|
|184||Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:16:53|
|189||Pieter Weening (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:16:53|
|190||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:16:53|