Michael Mathews ended the British domination at the 2016 Tour de France by emerging victorious in stage 10 but the defending champion Chris Froome was still able to manage his lead which means that he is still in contention to achieve a treble and will be wearing yellow jersey in the next round. Mathews finished above Peter Sagan and Edvald Boasson by claiming a victory in a decisive sprint in the final 200 meters.
The impressive tour of young British lad Adam Yates continued as he hold the white jersey for the best young player while the green jersey was exchanged as Cavendish lost it against Slovak Sagan.
Inspirational victory for the Australian
Mathews became quite emotional following his first ever stage victory even though he is far behind in the contention for overall standings where his team mate Yates has reduced the lead of the defending champions with just 16 seconds. Mathews said that this is one of the highlights of his career after he struggled in the two consecutive Tours. He also stated that last few years were pretty harsh on him as he was close to giving up on his Tour de France dream as because of a crash last time around where he broke his four Ribs.
The suspense intensifies for the winner
While all the top contenders for the overall standings enjoyed a decent and comfortable day, Yates was able to reduce the lead of Froome to just 16 seconds with his impressive stints and solo performances. Half way through the tour, the suspense about the winner has certainly intensified with not much to differentiate between the top 3. There could be an epic finale if any of the other two in the top 3 can displace Froome who looks poised to retain his title and take his tally to three.
The world champion looks back in strides
It looks like the world champion Sagan is back with his strides as he claims his authority for the fifth green jersey but Cavendish even though he said that it’s impossible to beat the world champion is in serious contention to take the green jersey home.
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