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Tour de France 2022 – Michael Matthews (BikeExchange) wins the 14th stage, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo) stays in yellow

He will have tried everything but nothing worked. Despite attacks more than 180 kilometers from the finish and an infernal tempo imposed on the final climb, Tadej Pogacar never managed to win Jonas Vingegaard on the Côte de la Croix Neuve. The Dane from the Jumbo-Visma therefore remains a solid yellow jersey at the end of this 14th stage won by Michael Matthews, author of a number in the final. Second in Longwy and Lausanne, the Australian finally offers his 4th stage victory on the Tour, five years after the last. Present in the breakaway, Louis Meintjes managed the right operation and moved up to 7th place overall.

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Matthews, a management model

Definitely, Mende does not succeed in the Tricolores. As in 2015, Thibaut Pinot had nevertheless taken the right breakaway and it had not yet been easy given the madness that took hold of the start of the stage. But the Frenchman from Groupama-FDJ did not fail by joining Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) or Luis Leon Sanchez (Bahrain-Victorious) at the head of the race. Alone in the group, Michael Matthews was not then the favorite, far from it. And yet.

Aware of being a less good climber than others, the Australian chose to anticipate the big fight by going out alone 53 kilometers from the finish. A crazy idea that will have been the right one. Joined a few kilometers later by Grosschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe), Sanchez (Bahrain-Victorious) and Kron (Lotto-Soudal), Matthews managed to reach the foot of the final climb with around thirty seconds left in the breakaway. , from which Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-Easy Post) quickly emerged. It still seemed very little to hope to resist but it was without counting on the exceptional form of the Australian.

It was even he who let go of his two breakaway companions, before seeing the Italian come back 2 kilometers from the summit. Stronger in the ascent, Bettiol tried everything to explode Matthews, a time behind. But he didn’t let go. He hung on, almost more mentally than physically. Better, he came back before countering the Italian from EF Education-Easy Post on the summit to go solo to win his fourth victory in the Tour de France. Its first since 2017.

Vingegaard panicked but Vingegaard did not seem

Behind, Jonas Vingegaard will not have had the quietest day of his Tour de France. Especially at the start where his Jumbo-Visma team exploded on the first ascent of the day, more than 180 kilometers from the finish. It would be of no consequence if Tadej Pogacar had not then attacked the Dane twice. On the first time, Vingegaard even had to come back to the Slovenian alone after a huge sprint of more than 500m, panicking. But, in the end, the yellow jersey was able to count – as often – on a big Van Aert. And in the final climb, the Dane never let go. He will however have been attacked by Pogacar, as expected, but Jonas Vingegaard will never have shown the slightest sign of weakness.

Overall, the Dane therefore retains a 2’22” lead over the double defending champion and 2’43” over Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers), who limited the gaps in the final climb, like the other favourites. The Briton only concedes 17”, like Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) and Quintana (Movistar) but the Frenchman nevertheless gives up his 7th place in favor of the breakaway of the day, Louis Meintjes (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux). It will have been a little harder for Romain Bardet (DSM, + 26”) but the Habs remain 4th overall. To reverse the Tour de France, we will have to wait for the Pyrenees.

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Another acceleration, still no gap: Vingegaard clung to Pogacar


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General classification: Bardet clings to his 4th place but moves away (a little) from the podium




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