Tour de France
Stage 3: Granville to Angers - Stage Details

Michael Matthews crossed the line in 12th place for ORICA-BikeExchange on stage three of the Tour de France today, after battling hard in a finale made for the pure sprinters.

Paris-Nice stage winner Matthews was in a good position going into the final kilometres tucked in behind Matthew Hayman and Daryl Impey.

Mark Cavendish (Dimension-Data) won the sprint for the line, taking the stage victory with Matthews missing out on the top ten in 12th place.

Sport director Matt White praised the efforts of the team but is looking forward to tomorrow’s fourth stage, which is well suited to the strengths of the Australian squad.

“It was a long and slow day that was always going to favour the big sprinters,” said White. “The guys did a great job in positioning Michael (Matthews) for the finale, we gave it a go but it was always going to be hard task against the best sprinters in the world.”

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Mark Cavendish (GBR) - Dimension Data 5:59:54
2 André Greipel (GER) - Lotto Soudal ST
3 Bryan Coquard (FRA) - Direct Energie ST
4 Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff Team ST
5 Edward Theuns (BEL) - Trek-Segafredo ST
6 Sondre Holst Enger (NOR) - IAM Cycling ST
7 Marcel Kittel (GER) - Etixx - Quick-Step ST
8 Christophe Laporte (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits ST
9 Daniel Mclay (GBR) - Fortuneo - Vital Concept ST
10 Dylan Groenewegen (NED) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
12 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
34 Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
82 Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
101 Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
152 Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:00:44
165 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:01:17
167 Ruben Plaza (SPA) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:01:17
185 Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:02:03
194 Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:02:39