Michael Matthews finished in 14th place on stage 14 of the Tour de France today whilst ORICA-BikeExchange teammate Adam Yates finished safely in the peloton to reatain the white jersey and third on the general classification.
Stage ten winner Matthews again pitted himself against the big names of the sprinting world and just missed out on the top ten after a fast finish to a very pedestrian stage.
Mark Cavendish (Dimension-Data) won the sprint and the stage whilst Yates, the leader of the best young rider category, finished alongside the rest of the overall contenders and remains in third place ahead of tomorrow's stage 15.
Sport director Matt White was pleased that Yates and ORICA-BikeExchange made it through the long stage without incident.
“It was a pretty uneventful stage today, long and into a headwind for most of the day,” said White. “We saw some negative racing from the bunch. It’s a long Tour de France this year, maybe two or three hundred kilometres longer than usual, and you saw a lot of teams taking the opportunity to recover a little today.”
|1||Mark Cavendish (GBR) - Dimension Data||5:43:49|
|2||Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - Team Katusha||ST|
|3||Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff Team||ST|
|4||John Degenkolb (GER) - Team Giant-Alpecin||ST|
|5||Marcel Kittel (GER) - Etixx - Quick-Step||ST|
|6||André Greipel (GER) - Lotto Soudal||ST|
|7||Bryan Coquard (FRA) - Direct Energie||ST|
|8||Davide Cimolai (ITA) - Lampre - Merida||ST|
|9||Christophe Laporte (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||ST|
|10||Samuel Dumoulin (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale||ST|
|14||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|15||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|20||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|21||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|48||Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|59||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|119||Ruben Plaza (SPA) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|136||Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:36|