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Jul 17

Michael Matthews still dreaming despite untimely Tour de France toilet break | Kieran Pender

A stage win for the Australian continues an intriguing battle for the green jersey on the road to Paris, despite an unfortunate call of nature the day after

On Friday, Michael Matthews suggested that team-mate Warren Barguil’s dreams had come true when the Frenchman won a Tour de France stage on Bastille Day. Twenty-four hours later it was Matthews’ turn. The Team Sunweb rider powered away during an uphill finish in Rodez to beat Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet for stage 14 line honours.

“Last time we finished here two years ago, I had four broken ribs and skin off all over my body,” he said afterwards. “Now, to come back on the same finish and win like that, it is really a dream come true.”

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