The 14th stage of the Grande Boucle returned to the Australian this Saturday after a XXL final, after the terrible ascent of the Côte de la Croix Neuve.
This victory, Michael Matthews did not steal it. Offensive all day, the Australian BikeExchange – Jayco rider prevailed this Saturday during the 14th stage of the Tour de France in Mende, after 192.5 km of effort from Saint-Etienne. Above all, Matthews staged a coup to win the race after the terrible Côte de la Croix Neuve in the final, dropping Italian Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-EasyPost), second. There is still no French victory in the Grande Boucle 2022, but a podium for Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), third in the finish. This is Michael Matthews ’fourth stage victory in the Tour de France, but the first since the 16th of the 2017 edition.
Despite the offensive of Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates) in the last kilometers, the Dane Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) has not trembled. The latter obviously retains the yellow shirt but also its advantage over the Slovenian in the overall standings. No upheavals in the hierarchy of this Tour de France at the finish line. In Sunday’s program, 202.5 km between Rodez and Carcassonne.
The fact of the day:
It all started from the first kilometers, when Tadej Pogacar (UAE), second overall, decided to attack the yellow jersey Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) 180 kilometers from the finish. In difficulties at the beginning of the stage, the leader of the Tour de France managed to get the icing on the cake again. The time chosen for the heavyweights of the day to pack. 23 men took the lead after more than fifty kilometers of the day, including three Frenchmen (Pinot; Bonnamour and Cosnefroy). A group that featured mainly Michael Matthews, the winner of the day. The Australian was the first to “pull out the coconut tree” by attacking 50km from the finish. Over-motivated, the sprinter / hitter of the BikeExchange team made one last stratospheric climb, resisting the thunderous comeback of the Italian Alberto Bettiol (EF). In Mende, Matthews offers his fourth Tour victory after four long years of waiting. This is his team’s second hit on this Tour.
The end went well for him, he tried, but the Slovenian was never able to put Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) in trouble. Attacking from the first hectometers of the Jalabert climb, Pogacar cracked everyone except his main rival. The latest Tour de France winner has still regained the time of his pursuers but will now have to wait for the Pyrenees to challenge Vingegaard again.
Romain Bardet and David Gaudu took off at the foot of the Jalabert climb but finally managed the ascent well so as not to waste time with their main rivals.
The number of the day:
4. These are the years that Michael Matthews will have waited to win a new stage in the Tour de France. It is also his number of victories in the Grande Boucle after his success of the day. Therefore, the number four should become the favorite of the sprinter / hitter of the BikeExchange formation.
Eight of the day:
When the battle erupted in the breakaway for the stage victory, the platoon continued. Luke Row, teammate of Geraint Thomas (Ineos) wants to leave a message to his friends in the peloton: you need to hydrate. It was still very hot on the Tour route (34 degrees), so Luke Row preferred to laugh at it rather than complain.
Statement of the day:
Thibaut Pinot, 3rd in this 14th stage.
“Very disappointed. I was on the strongest getaway of the Tour, so well … Stefan (Kung) rode well today, but he was already in the tough 50km of the finish. He remains positive. At the foot of the Jalabert’s climb was not at the top. I didn’t expect to do what I was doing walking. I still lack a bit of success, a bit of luck and above all a bit of leg. there is a lot to regret … “
Picture of the day:
The two favorites of the Tour one after the other. Pogacar on offense, Vingegaard on defense. Two men and the rest of the world. In this climb of the Jalabert, end of this 14th stage (3 km with an average gradient of 10%), the Slovene attacked the Dane but never managed to beat him. The other general leaders were far behind, in another world.
Classification of the 14th stage:
1. Michael Matthews (AUS / BIK) the 192.5 km at 4:30:53. (average: 42.8 km / h)
2. Alberto Bettiol (ITA / EF1) at 15 seconds.
3. Thibaut Pinot (FRA / GFJ) 34.
4. Marc Soler (ESP / UAE) 50.
5. Patrick Konrad (AUT / BOR) 58.
6. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN / ISR) 58.
7. Felix Grossschartner (AUT / BOR) 1:06.
8. Lennard Kamna (GER / BOR) 1:12.
9. Simon Geschke (GER / COF) 1:12.
10. Louis Meintjes (RSA / INT) 1:12.
The general classification after this 14th stage:
1. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN / Jumbo) 55:31:01.
2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO / UAE) at 2:22.
3. Geraint Thomas (GBR / INE) 2:43.
4. Romain Bardet (FRA / DSM) 3:03.
5. Adam Yates (GBR / INE) 4:06.
6. Nairo Quintana (COL / ARK) 4:15.
7. Louis Meintjes (RSA / INT) 4:24.
8. David Gaudu (FRA / GFJ) 4:24.
9. Thomas Pidcock (GBR / INE) 8:49.
10. Enric Mas (ESP / MOV) 10:00 am.
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