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.”
|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|
|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|