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Le Tour’17 St14: Matthews Rides The Rodez!
Set to substitute his arch-rival Peter Sagan who outclassed him on stage 3 in the first uphill sprint finish, Michael Matthews beat Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet in Rodez where the Belgian found the confidence by outsprinting Sagan two years ago. The Australian gave Sunweb a second straight victory after Warren Barguil made it in Foix. The steep finish favoured Chris Froome to move back into the yellow jersey.

- Race report courtesy ASO -



Five in the lead
177 riders started stage 14 in Blagnac. Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) attacked from the gun. He was quickly rejoined by Timo Roosen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Maxime Bouet (Fortuneo-Oscaro) while Reto Hollenstein (Katusha-Alpecin) reinforced the leading group at km 14. Their maximum advantage was three minutes at km 25 as teams BMC and Sunweb of hot favourites Greg Van Avermaet and Michael Matthews prepared for an uphill finish from very far out. With the help of Jani Brajkovic (Bahrain-Merida), they maintained the time difference for two minutes for most of the stage. De Gendt won the intermediate sprint and crested the two categorized climbs in first position ahead of Voeckler.



De Gendt ahead until 12km to go
The leading quintet split in the côte de Contrès with 38km to go. De Gendt and Voeckler forged on while their former breakaway companions were brought back by the peloton. With 32km to go, De Gendt rode Voeckler off. The Lotto-Soudal rider stayed one minute ahead with 20km to go. He was reeled in with 12km to go after 170km in the lead. Maurits Lammertink (Katusha-Alpecin) counter attacked straight away. Damiano Caruso (BMC), Nikias Arndt (Sunweb) and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortuneo-Oscaro) accompanied the Dutchman at the front but it was all together again with 4km to go.



Matthews wins, Froome back in yellow
After Belgian champion Oliver Naesen (AG2R-La Mondiale) disturbed the lead out trains, Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) launched the uphill sprint in Rodez from far out but it was a duel at the top of the climb between the two riders everyone expected. Matthews proved to be a bit stronger than Van Avermaet. The Australian claimed his second stage win at the Tour de France one year after he did it in Revel. Splits in the peloton put Chris Froome back in the lead of the overall ranking with an advantage of 19 seconds over Fabio Aru and 23 over Romain Bardet.


“It went as expected. We rode all day. We kept the breakaway so close, I knew I'd very few team mates at the end, but still I had 2-3 guys with me in the final. It's a sweet day. Last time here, two years ago, I had four broken ribs. It was the stage I targeted before I crashed. To come back and win is a dream come true.”

- Keep it dialed PEZ for Ed's Roadside Report from stage 14 -

Results Stage 14 - Tour de France 2017
1. MATTHEWS MICHAEL 141 TEAM SUNWEB 04H 21' 56'' B : 10'' -
2. VAN AVERMAET GREG 48 BMC RACING TEAM 04H 21' 56'' B : 06'' - + 00' 00''
3. BOASSON HAGEN EDVALD 92 TEAM DIMENSION DATA 04H 21' 57'' B : 04'' - + 00' 01''
4. GILBERT PHILIPPE 104 QUICK - STEP FLOORS 04H 21' 57'' - - + 00' 01''
5. MC CARTHY JAY 116 BORA - HANSGROHE 04H 21' 57'' - - + 00' 01''
6. COLBRELLI SONNY 197 BAHRAIN - MERIDA 04H 21' 57'' - - + 00' 01''
7. FROOME CHRISTOPHER 1 TEAM SKY 04H 21' 57'' - - + 00' 01''
8. MARTIN DANIEL 105 QUICK - STEP FLOORS 04H 21' 57'' - - + 00' 01''
9. URAN RIGOBERTO 188 CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM 04H 21' 57'' - - + 00' 01''
10. BENOOT TIESJ 133 LOTTO SOUDAL 04H 22' 01'' - - + 00' 05''

Overall After Stage 14
1. FROOME CHRISTOPHER 1 TEAM SKY 59H 52' 09''
2. ARU FABIO 51 ASTANA PRO TEAM 59H 52' 27'' + 00' 18''
3. BARDET ROMAIN 11 AG2R LA MONDIALE 59H 52' 32'' + 00' 23''
4. URAN RIGOBERTO 188 CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM 59H 52' 38'' + 00' 29''
5. LANDA MIKEL 6 TEAM SKY 59H 53' 26'' + 01' 17''
6. MARTIN DANIEL 105 QUICK - STEP FLOORS 59H 53' 35'' + 01' 26''
7. YATES SIMON 89 ORICA - SCOTT 59H 54' 11'' + 02' 02''
8. QUINTANA NAIRO 21 MOVISTAR TEAM 59H 54' 31'' + 02' 22''
9. MEINTJES LOUIS 61 UAE TEAM EMIRATES 59H 57' 18'' + 05' 09''
10. CONTADOR ALBERTO 31 TREK - SEGAFREDO 59H 57' 46'' + 05' 37''

 

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