Tour de France: Van Avermaet will try again after defeat in Rodez

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) had understandably been given the role of favourite for the uphill finish of stage 14 of the Tour de France in Rodez after his win here in 2015, but the classy Belgian Classics rider had to accept defeat just beyond the finish line after Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) found a little extra speed to win their superb duel in the final 200 metres of the stage.

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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.