Michael Matthews sprints to second victory in Tour de France
Jul 18 2017 05:29 pm CET

Michael Matthews sprints to second victory in Tour de France

Sunweb's Michael Matthews has won the final sprint at the 16th stage of the Tour de France. The Australian was faster than Edvald Boasson Hagen and John Degenkolb in the last metres.

The 16th stage of the Tour de France was 165 kilometres long between Le Puy-en-Velay and Romans-sur-Isere. The beginning of the day saw various attacks that were neutralized during the ascent of the Cote de Boussoulet.

The wind played an important part in the stage and caused a split in the peloton after just 20 kilometers. The General Classification favourites were in the front part of the split and another group that included the big favourite of the day, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) got stuck behind and ended up losing more than eight minutes.

Cofidis' Nacer Bouhanni managed to bridge to the front group and became one of the contenders for the stage win.

But the wind wasn't quite done for the day as it caused more trouble during the last 20 kilometres, forcing the favourites to fight to keep a good position in case of further splits.

The crosswinds affected the front group at just over 10 kilometres to go, when it was a big split that left riders like Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors), Louis Meintjes (UAE-Team Emirates), Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) behind.

In the last two kilometres, Daniele Bennati (Movistar) attacked but was neutralised by the remaining sprinters. The last meters were a fight between John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data). At the end, the Australian won by centimetres and took his second stage victory at the 2017 Tour de France.

The first four spots in the General Classification standings remain the same, with Chris Froome (Sky) in the lead and closely followed by Fabio Aru (Astana) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), while Mikel Landa (Sky) moves up the fifth position as Martin dropped to seventh behind Simon Yates.
Photo of Michael Matthews (cropped) © Team Sunweb





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