Stage ten of the Tour de France sees Michael Matthews finish 13th and Warren Barguil retain his lead in the mountains classification.
After the first rest day yesterday, Team Sunweb were back in action at the tenth stage of the Tour de France today. On paper it was set to be a day for the sprinters with just two fourth category climbs and one intermediate sprint along its 178 kilometre route from Périgueux to Bergerac.
The day opened with two riders breaking away from the peloton, quickly extending their advantage to just over five minutes. Team Sunweb remained tucked inside the peloton with the polka dot jersey on the shoulders of Warren Barguil. It was a relatively quiet day in the saddle until the peloton neared the intermediate sprint at Saint-Cyprien. Looking to mop up any additional points to add to Michael Matthews’ tally, Team Sunweb rallied ahead of Michael leading him out to take nine points at the line.
After the chaos of the sprint, Team Sunweb returned to business inside the peloton preparing for the finale. The breakaway kept the peloton at bay until seven kilometres to the finish, where the catch was eventually made. With the breakaway back inside the peloton the focus shifted towards the bunch sprint. In a hectic, fast finish, Michael finished in 13th place. With the stage no threat to the polka dot jersey, Warren also remains the leader of the mountains classification.
After the stage Warren said: “Today was a good day and I’m glad to be able to wear the jersey again tomorrow. Our first goal remains a stage win and then we will see how the mountains classification develops. I will continue giving my all to keep the jersey and fight for the stage win, I feel good and the legs are good so I will remain smart and focused on these goals.”
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