Aussie Michael Matthews wins Tour de France stage 14 after solo ride

Australian cycling star Michael Matthews has earned arguably the greatest victory of his career, winning the 14th stage of the Tour de France after an extraordinary breakaway effort.

Matthews, who last won on the Tour five years ago, improved on his two previous second-place finishes in this year’s edition, breaking all his challengers on an exhausting 192.5-kilometre hilly ride from Saint Etienne to Mende.

Stage winner Michael Matthews celebrates as he crosses the finish line. Credit:

After kicking for home from a breakaway some 52km from home, Matthews had to fight back in the last two kilometres after being overtaken on a tough ascent to the finish.

But the man from Canberra, competing for Australian outfit Team BikeExchange-Jayco, roared past Italian Alberto Bettiol again to win by 15 seconds after four-and-a-half hours in the saddle on a draining, sun-baked day.

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