MENDAY, France – Australia’s Michael Mathews registered a singles victory on the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday after a long breakaway and a tremendous effort in the last climb.
It was Mathews’ fourth stage victory in cycling’s biggest race.
The Australian was part of a group of 23 riders who broke from the pack after a frantic start on a stage filled with a flurry of attacks on the mountainous ground from Saint-Etienne to Mende.
Matthews of the BikeExchange-Jayco team began a solo effort about 50 kilometers from the finish and narrowed down the leading group to just four men.
He was joined by Italian rider Alberto Bettiol on the Cte de la Croix Nueve, a short but punishing three-kilometer climb with a gradient of more than 10% followed by a short descent to the finish line at the airfield.
Mathews fought hard to stay at the wheel of Betiol and then faced his opponent near the top of the climb and never looked back. Frenchman Thibaut Pinot completed the podium.
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