Cycling: Matthews breaks Tour jinx as Froome stays in yellow

Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:31pm EDT
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By Julien Pretot

REVEL, France (Reuters) - Michael Matthews turned the page on years of bad luck in the Tour de France to complete his set of grand tour victories when he won the 10th stage after a royal breakaway on Tuesday.

The Australian, with three Vuelta and two Giro d'Italia stage wins to his name, outsprinted his breakaway companions after 197km from Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra, benefiting from the support of two of his Orica-Bike Exchange team mates.

World champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), who reclaimed the green jersey for the points classification from Briton Mark Cavendish, took second place and Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) finished third.

Matthews missed the 2014 Tour after sustaining injuries in training and last year, he abandoned after breaking four ribs.

"And this year already I had crashed twice. I was almost giving up on this race, thinking maybe the Tour de France is not for me," he said.

Briton Chris Froome (Team Sky) retained the overall leader's yellow jersey after finishing safe in the main peloton 9:39 off the pace.

"The start was pretty full on, there was a lot of work for my team mates to control the race," said Froome.

"But it was pretty straightforward from there. However, it's a good day to tick off."   Continued...

Cycling - Tour de France cycling race - The 197 km (122.4 miles) Stage 10 from Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra to Revel, France - 12/07/2016 - Orica-BikeExchange rider Michael Matthews of Australia reacts on the podium.     REUTERS/Juan Medina