Matthews rues going 'too early' to miss Tour de France victory

Tour de France 2022 - 109th Edition - 8th stage Dole - Lausanne 184 km - 09/07/2022 - Michael Matthews (AUS - Team BikeExchange - Jayco) - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE Team Emirates) - Wout Van Aert (BEL - Team Jumbo - Visma) - photo Kei Tsuji/SprintCyclingAgency©2022
Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) launched his acceleration to the line on stage 8 early with 300m to go, with winner Wout van Aert moving on the outside (Image credit: Kei Tsuji/SprintCyclingAgency)

As Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) raised his arms in celebration, Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco) dropped head in disappointment, gutted to finish second again in an uphill finish at the Tour de France.

The BikeExchange-Jayco rider seemed perfectly poised for victory, jumping first in the sprint after surviving the high-speed 5km climb from the lakeside in Lausanne to the summit of Côte du Stade Olympique. He took the inside line on the curving finish and could see the line but then ran out of power and his legs locked up, with Van Aert cruelly surging past him to win again.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.