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Tour de France Stage 10: Michael Matthews wins from break (+ video)

Orica-BikeExchange tactics pay off as Peter Sagan beaten on the line

Michael Matthews of Orica-BikeExchange has joined the select club of riders to have won a stage in all three of cycling's Grand Tours, picking up his maiden Tour de France stage victory in Revel this afternoon.

The Australian won from a strong group that included world champion Peter Sagan of Tinkoff, who finished second, and Edvald Boasson Hagen of Dimension Data, third.

Also in the group contesting the finish were BMC Racing's Greg Van Avermaet and Samuel Dumoulin of AG2R, as well as Matthews' team mate, Daryl Impey.

A third Orica-BikeExchange rider, Luke Durbridge, had been in the group of seven that came to the day's final climb, the Category 3 Cote de Saint-Ferreol, together, the last members of what had been a 15-man break that had got away earlier in the stage.

Coming over the top of the climb, Sagan had Matthews glued to his wheel, and had to respond to repeated attacks from Impey as the Australian WorldTour team executed their game plan perfectly.

The Tinkoff rider already had the consolation, however, of knowing he would be back in the green points jersey tomorrow, having crossed the line first at the intermediate sprint to overhaul Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish, and stretching his lead further with his second place.

Team Sky's Chris Froome retains the overall lead following the 197km stage from Escaldes-Engordany.

Stage winner Matthews said: It's unbelievable. I was just sinking in. I was close to giving in at this race after I had two bad crashes two and one years ago. This time around, I've crashed three times already.

"I thought maybe this race is not for me but my wife came during the rest day. We had a good talk. She kept me motivated and today my dream comes true.

"Me and Sagan, we've had a lot of head to head. At the Tour de Suisse, he beat me twice. I knew he was the man to beat today. He was the strongest of the breakaway for sure. He was always pulling. He never sat on. He did everything for the breakaway to succeed. He was the guy to follow. I was hoping I'd have the legs to follow him.

"At the Tour de Suisse, I didn't but it all came together well today. He often beat me before but today I got him, thanks to my team-mates. To win a Tour de France stage was the biggest goal of my season but it's not the end of the race yet. As a team, we'll try to go for more.”

Here's today's onboard video, introduced by the Flying Mullett, Shane Archbold of Bora-Argon 18.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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