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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Mathews Solo wins stage 14 of the Tour de France

MENDAY, France ( Associated Press) – Australian Michael Mathews single-handedly won the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday as defending champion Tadej Pogakar tried in vain to gain time from leader Jonas Winggaard.

It was a fourth stage win for Mathews, five years after he had last claimed victory in France.

The one-day test specialist was in a group of 23 riders who escaped from the peloton after a hectic start with a series of attacks on rugged terrain from Saint-इटtienne to Mende.

After leading most of the stage, Mathews looked ready to break when caught by Italian Alberto Bettiol on the final climb, but his patience allowed him to stay in the race and launch a counterattack that paid off.

“Matthew starred on the show. He has days when he is too strong,” said Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, who finished third behind Mathieu and Bettiol. “It really baffles me. With those sprints he does and the climbs he does, he’s really the best at what he does.”

With its continuous climbs and descents, the platform’s outline through the Massif Central was ideal for a breakaway. It is no coincidence that many cyclists without ambition in the general classification jumped to break the peloton from the start.

Even more surprising was that Pogakar went into the attack only 10 kilometers to the stage, forcing Vinograd to react and pursue him.

The unorthodox strategy wreaked havoc on the peloton when the Jumbo-Visma team fell behind Vinograd by a significant second Primoz Rogi.

Matthews of the BikeExchange-Jayco team made a single attack about 50 kilometers from the finish and reduced the breakaway group to four men. She was reached by Bétiol on the Cte ​​de la Croix Nueva, a three-kilometer climb with a 10% gradient followed by a short descent to the airfield to end.

With much effort, Mathews caught up with Betiol and left him behind for good near the top. Frenchman Thibaut Pinot completed the podium.

The clash in the main contenders’ group lasted until the Cte ​​de la Croix Nueve, when Pogacar attacked again. Fearless, Vinograd continued calmly as the two crossed the line in 12 minutes, 34 seconds.

Wingguard is still ahead of Pogakar by 2 min 22 s. Geraint Thomas was third at 2:43.

Sunday’s stage, from Rodez to Carcassonne, should be friendly to sprinters.

After Monday’s break, they continue to surpass the Pyrenees and an individual time trial until the end of the race in eight days in Paris.

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