Tour de France 2022: Michael Matthews conquers Stage 14 |  Video

the australian runner Michael Matthews (Bike Exchange-Jayco) won this Saturday the dfourteenth stage of the Tour de France 2022disputed between Saint-Etienne and Mende about 192.5 kilometerscapping off a hard-fought breakaway with a high finish, while the leader Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) stood firm against the Slovenian’s attacks Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).

matthews broke his six-year Grand Tour drought by overcoming the Italian Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-EasyPost)who put the Australian in serious difficulties after his final attack, but the incessant power of the ptin and bronze in the 2015 and 2017 World Championships allowed him to finish off his triumph crown the Croix Neuve climb and enter the finish line alone.

After finishing second on the sixth (Longwy finish) and eighth (Lausanne) days, Matthews finished an escape to take your fourth total victory of the French round. The Australian was the shrewdest and smartest of the mighty 23-rider breakaway, and his ambition allowed to be head of the race with 53 kilometers to go.

The Spanish Luis Leon Sanchez (Bahrain Victorious), along with Andreas Kron (Lotto-Soudal) and Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe), joined Mattewhsalthough he ended up releasing one by one at the foot of the decisive Cote de la Croix Neuve.

From behind, Bettiol sped up to catch him. The Italian tried to finish off his rival, but was riveted 500 meters from crowning the final pass. From behind, the French Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) closed the podium, while the Spanish Mark Soler (UAE Team Emirates) finished fourth.

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In the fight for the general, a new chapter of the duel between Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacarinstigated by the Slovenian both at the beginning and at the end of the day and resolved without differences.

The two-time Tour de France champion he pulled for the last three kilometers with all his might to pick up all favourites, except Vingegaard, which concluded at his wheel. In this way, the Dane continues to wear the yellow jersey with a 2:22 advantage over his immediate rival.

For his part, his teammate primoz roglic suffered one more day in which he reached drop several times from the main pack. Thus, the Slovenian was seen to act as a gregarious and entered 12 minutes from the favorite groupyes

Another of the off-hooks was thomas pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers), who won the twelfth stage in the Alpe d’Huez and started this Saturday as the eighth overall. Nevertheless, the Briton saved the day despite losing a minute against his rivals in the ‘Top 10’, so he drops to ninth position overall.

the south african louis meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) entered the day’s breakaway and his great work in the race allowed him to place seventh overall. In the case of Enrique More (Movistar Team) lost 26 seconds to the leader Vingegaard, closing the ‘Top 10’ at 9 minutes and 58 seconds.

This Sunday runs the stage 15 between Rodez and Carcassonne, flat layout with 202.5 kilometers of travel.

(With information from Europe Press)

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