Michael Matthews: Mark Cavendish is just too fast these days

LE CREUSOT FRANCE JULY 02 Michael Matthews of Australia and Team BikeExchange at start during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 7 a 2491km km stage from Vierzon to Le Creusot 369m LeTour TDF2021 on July 02 2021 in Le Creusot France Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images
Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) may have enthusiastically welcomed Mark Cavendish’s presence at the Tour de France this year but the price has been another day of watching from behind. The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider launched toward the stage 10 finish line with an unassailable turn of speed, again snatching the win and further stretching the gap to Matthews in the green jersey competition.

Matthews ended up slotting into the top five for a third time this Tour. The headway the Australian had made during the stage to narrow Cavendish’s lead in the green jersey competition, by taking points in the intermediate sprint, was quickly obliterated on the Valence finish line.

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