Matthews is fastest after 5 years and Weingegaard retains the lead


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Mendy (France) (AFP) – Australian Michael Matthews (Bike Exchange) won the 14th stage of the Tour de France in Mendy on Saturday, over a distance of 192.5 kilometers, while Dane Jonas Weingegaard kept the yellow jersey.

The 31-year-old Australian got his full energy from the summit before 500 meters to take his fourth Tour de France victory, and his first since 2017.

Matthews led 15 seconds ahead of Italian Alberto Petitol after a breathtaking struggle on the final climb (3km) and temperatures approached 60 degrees Celsius, while Frenchman Thibaut Pino finished third by around 30 seconds.

The leader in the general classification, Vengegard, managed to overtake Slovenian title holder Tadi Pogacár, who decided to attack without much loss after about 12 and a half minutes after the first arrival in the final climb.

The fifteenth stage will be held on Sunday between Rodez and Carcassonne, over a distance of 202.5 km.

Position of the top five in stage 14:

1- Australian Michael Matthews 4.30:53 AM

Italian Alberto Petuel, 15 seconds behind

3- Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, 34 seconds behind

4- Marc Soler of Spain, with 50 seconds

5 – Austrian Patrick Konrad, 58 seconds behind

The general classification of the top five of the Tour de France:

1- The Danish Jonas Weingegaard 55:31.01 hours

2- Slovenian Tadi Bogachar, 2:22 p.

3- Geraint Thomas from Great Britain against 2:43 p.

4- Romain Bardi, with a difference of 3:03 d

5- Briton Adam Yates with a difference of 4:06 p.