Tour de France 2022: Solo triumph Matthews at Mende Airport, Vingegaard still in yellow

Michael Matthews - Tour de France 2022: Solo triumph Matthews at Mende Airport, Vingegaard still in yellowimage: Cor VosMichael Matthews goes solo with 52 kilometres to go, and again on the steep Côte de la Croix Neuve. The Australian solo to victory at Mende Airport, while Jonas Vingegaard reaches the finish together with Tadej Pogacar. So the Dane stays in yellow and the two of them put time into their GC rivals. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 14th stage 2022 Tour de France

1. Michael Matthews (aus)
2. Alberto Bettiol (ita) + 0.15
3. Thibaut Pinot (fra) + 0.34
4. Marc Soler (spa) + 0.50
5. Patrick Konrad (aut) + 0.58
6. Jakob Fuglsang (den) s.t.
7. Felix Großschartner (aut) + 1.06
8. Lennard Kämna (ger) + 1.12
9. Simon Geschke (ger) s.t.
10. Louis Meintjes (rsa) s.t.

23. Tadej Pogacar (slo) + 12.34
24. Jonas Vingegaard (den) s.t.
25. David Gaudu (fra) + 12.51
26. Geraint Thomas (gbr) s.t.
27. Nairo Quintana (col) s.t.
28. Adam Yates (gbr) + 12.56
29. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) + 13.00
30. Romain Bardet (fra) + 13.02
31. Enric Mas (spa) + 13.02
32. Alexey Lutsenko (kaz) + 13.24

GC after stage 14
1. Jonas Vingegaard (den)
2. Tadej Pogacar (slo) + 2.22
3. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 2.43
4. Romain Bardet (fra) + 3.03
5. Adam Yates (gbr) + 4.06
6. Nairo Quintana (col) + 4.15
7. Louis Meintjes (rsa) + 4.24
8. David Gaudu (fra) s.t.
9. Tom Pidcock (gbr) + 8.49
10. Enric Mas (spa) + 10.00

11. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) + 10.32
12. Alexey Lutsenko (kaz) + 11.23

Race report
Woods, Juul Jensen and Caruso are the first attackers and a big group rejoins them. Mollema, Van Baarle, Gilbert, Kron, Cosnefroy, Kron, Matthews, Powless, Madouas and Pasqualon are on board.

Pogacar strikes on the first climb of the day and the lead group is caught.

The pace remains high and Bonnamour strikes on the second climb. Soler, Martínez, Cosnefroy, Großschartner, Kämna, Konrad, Mühlberger, Geschke, LL Sánchez, Küng, Pinot, Meintjes, Bettiol, Powless, Uran, Kron, Mollema, Simmons, Fuglsang, Neilands, Woods and Matthews bridge across, while Geschke takes most KOM points at the top.

Matthews goes solo with 52 kilometres remaining. Kron, Sánchez and Großschartner regain contact after roughly 10 kilometres. The four crest the Côte de la Fage 25 seconds ahead of Soler. Bettiol, Kämna and Konrad rejoin the Spaniard on descent. Meintjes, Fuglsang, Pinot, Martínez and Uran regain contact later.

Meanwhile, Kron is dropped from the lead group after a puncture. He joins Mühlberger, Geschke and Simmons to make it back into the first chase group. Woods and Mollema close the gap just before the Côte de la Croix Neuve.

Matthews drops his companions on the climb. Bettiol tracks down the Australian 1.3 kilometres before the summit. He overhauls him, but Matthews bounces back to reach the summit with a lead of a few seconds before he powers on to solo to victory.

The GC group arrives approximately 14 minutes after the leaders at the base of the Côte de la Croix Neuve. Pogacar strikes with Vingegaard in his wheel. The other GC riders are dropped and the two put tens of seconds into their rivals. Vingegaard keeps yellow.

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