Michael Matthews takes stage, Chris Froome is back in Yellow
Jul 15 2017 05:55 pm CET

Michael Matthews takes stage, Chris Froome is back in Yellow

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) has won the 14th stage of the Tour de France. Team Sky's Chris Froome has retaken the lead in the General Classification.

The 14th day of racing in the French Grand Tour featured a 181.5 kilometres long stage between Blagnac and Rodez.

The stage started with an escape of five riders. Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie), Timo Roosen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Reto Hollenstein (Katusha-Alpecin) and Maxime Bouet (Fortuneo-Oscaro) created a gap of more than three minutes with the peloton.

In the last 50 kilometres of racing, the riders at the front dropped one by one until only De Gendt remained in the lead. Behind him, a motivated BMC Racing Team worked hard to close the gap and allow a new victory in Rodez for Greg Van Avermaet, as he had already won there in 2015.

With a bit more than 12 kilometres to go, the pack caught De Gendt and attacks of riders of teams with candidates for the stage win soon began. At 10 kilometres from the finish, a quartet formed by Maurits Lammertink (Katusha-Alpecin), Damiano Carusso (BMC), Nikias Arndt (Sunweb) and Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fortuneo) attacked and took an advantage of more than ten seconds with the pack, but were soon reeled back in.

The last meters featured a fight between Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step), Greg van Avermaet (BMC), and Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and was eventually won by the Australian. Van Avermaet, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Gilbert and Jay Mc Carthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) completed the top five of the day.

Chris Froome (Sky) crossed the line in seventh place, while Fabio Aru (Astana) did so 25 seconds later. This was enough to put the Froome back in the Yellow Jersey.
Photo of Michael Matthews (cropped) © Team Sunweb