Tour de France 2017 : Stage 14 – Matthews rules ramp up to Rodez

Michael Matthews finally takes his longed-for stage win, repaying the effort expended all day long by his Sunweb teammates and earning his team their second consecutive stage victory. Runner-up Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) came second and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension-Data) rounded out the podium. Chris Froome, Dan Martin and Rigoberto Uran were the only GC riders alive to the dangers on today’s finish and came in with the sprinters. Race leader Fabio Aru inexplicably finished 30th, 26 seconds back allowing Froome to retake yellow. Aru now lies second, 18 seconds back. Just over a minute separates the top-five on GC.

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Tour de France 2017 : Stage 13 – Barguil storms to Bastille Day victory

Warren Barguil nailed his line around the last corner to perfection. Took it wide and exited with all the momentum to hold off his three breakaway companions Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa. The Sunweb man they nickname Wawa claimed the first French victory on Bastille Day since 2005 after a day spent on the attack, more than making up for his Stage 9 disappointment  The top three on GC remain exactly the same with Fabio Aru still holding a 6sec advantage over Chris Froome despite fierce skirmishes all over the Pyrenean parcours. Mikel Landa moves into 5th after joining Contador in a Spanish raid on the Col d’Agnes. The shortest stage in the Tour produced a rip-roaring day of racing – who would have thought that eh?

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Tour de France 2017 : Stage 12 – Bardet bosses stage, Aru takes yellow

We had to wait for the final sprint to the line in Peyragudes for today’s denouementFabio Aru accelerated with around 300 metres to go, immediately putting Chris Froome under pressure, only for the Italian to be overhauled in the final 50 metres by Romain Bardet and runner-up Rigoberto Uran. For the first time in this race, Froome struggled with the pace, finally coming in seventh, 22 seconds back on Bardet, while Aru claimed third plus four bonus seconds to move into the yellow jersey by six seconds.

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