Michael Matthews gave it his all against the world’s best sprinters on stage six of the Tour de France today, finishing in 11th place for ORICA-BikeExchange in a fast and energetic finale.
2016 Paris-Roubaix champion Mathew Hayman brought Matthews safely into the final three kilometres through the crowded and marauding peloton before peeling off with less than two kilometres to go.
The speed increased dramatically over the last few hundred metres with Matthews forced wide to try and break clear behind the big guns of the sprint world.
Sport director Matt White was content at the finish with the main objective for the team to get through the stage in good order ahead of the coming mountain stages.
“Our main goal for today was to come through the stage unscathed and in good condition,” said White. “We have a big three days ahead as the race goes into the Pyrenees and hits the real mountains for the first time.”
|1||Mark Cavendish (GBR) - Dimension Data||4:43:48|
|2||Marcel Kittel (GER) - Etixx - Quick-Step||ST|
|3||Daniel Mclay (GBR) - Fortuneo - Vital Concept||ST|
|4||Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - Team Katusha||ST|
|5||Christophe Laporte (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||ST|
|6||Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff Team||ST|
|7||Dylan Groenewegen (NED) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo||ST|
|8||Edward Theuns (BEL) - Trek-Segafredo||ST|
|9||Bryan Coquard (DFRA) - Direct Energie||ST|
|10||Shane Archbold (NZL) - Bora-Argon 18||ST|
|11||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|40||Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-BikeExchange|
|66||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:05|
|105||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:05|
|114||Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:05|
|155||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:57|
|157||Ruben Plaza (SPA) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:57|
|159||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:57|
|189||Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:01:59|