â€śIt's unbelievable. I was just sinking in. I was close to giving in at this race after I had two bad crashes two and one years ago. This time around, I've crashed three times already. I thought maybe this race is not for me but my wife came during the rest day. We had a good talk. She kept me motivated and today my dream comes true. It was never the plan to go for a breakaway today. We wanted a bunch sprint finish but we're such a strong group of guys. Durbridge and Impey gave me everything to win today. I have no word to describe what they did for me. They did a special job. At the top of the climb [Port d'Envalira], with Sagan and Nibali, I wasn't sure of what was going to happen but I heard on the radio that Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey were coming across and it made me believe that I could win the stage. Luke rode in the crosswinds, he split the break in two pieces. We still kept guys in the finale that would be hard to beat so Impey attacked and let me out. I couldn't ask for more from them. They would have been disappointed if I hadn't won but today I did. I'm delighted. Me and Sagan, we've had a lot of head to head. At the Tour de Suisse, he beat me twice. I knew he was the man to beat today. He was the strongest of the breakaway for sure. He was always pulling. He never sat on. He did everything for the breakaway to succeed. He was the guy to follow. I was hoping I'd have the legs to follow him. At the Tour de Suisse, I didn't but it all came together well today. He often beat me before but today I got him, thanks to my team-mates. To win a Tour de France stage was the biggest goal of my season but it's not the end of the race yet. As a team, we'll try to go for more.â€ť
Michael Matthews: «My wife kept me motivated»
interview12.07.2016Stage 10- Escaldes-Engordany / Revel
First Australian win at the Tour de France this year with Michael Matthews outsprinting Peter Sagan in Revel for a revenge of the last world championship. It was a royal breakaway with former yellow jersey holder Greg Van Avermaet and 2014 Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali. Chris Froome retained the lead in the overall ranking.
"It was a pretty strange start. Obviously for us, there was a lot of work to do. We were happy with the breakaways that were going but at some stage, Valverde attacked so we had to neutralize that. We were not able to see much in the downhill of Envalira due to the fog. It was a bit like at the Giro a few years ago when Quintana slipped up the front so I was keeping an eye on him to make sure he wouldn't do the same again. Then it was a good day to keep off. I could ride with not much to...
- 07/03Summary - Stage 2 (Saint-LĂ´ /...
- 07/03Peter Sagan from rainbow to yellow
- 07/03Jasper Stuyven: â€śI felt empty in...
- 07/03Contador: "I'm not happy at all"
- 07/03Julian Alaphilippe: â€śI've been told...
- 07/03Peter Sagan: "I'm very surprised"
- 07/02An uphill finish for a great spectacle
- 06/27Presentation - Stage 2 by AmaĂ«l...
Jersey wearers after the stage 2
Receive exclusive news about the Tour de France
Championnats d'Europe de Cyclisme 2016
Sponsorship and Environment
Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (MĂ©cĂ©nat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more
A.S.O. is committed to integrating environmental considerations into the organisation of its races: Limiting CO2 emissions; A quality waste management policy for the spectators but also for the organisers and the riders; The promotion of cycling as an alternative, environmentally-friendly means of transport. Read more