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17/02/2019

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REVEL, France -- It was perhaps the most perfect escape by a team in this years Tour de France. Cheap Old Skool Wholesale . One that saw it stack the winning move with numbers to take the spoils. And this escape in Stage 10 gave Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) -- with two teammates in the lead break to help -- his first Tour de France stage win on Tuesday.Adding to the luster of the victory is that it came after the first of two rest days, a time when the 25-year-old Canberra rider had begun to doubt his future in the Tour. Furthermore, his win -- which made him the second Australian to win a stage in all three grand tours, including the Giro dItalia and Vuelta a Espa?a -- also showcased the loyalty of a team. Matthews is leaving the Australian outfit after this season to join another team, understood to be Giant-Alpecin.Matthews and his teammates, South African Daryl Impey and Australian Luke Durbridge, were flawless in a day that saw the Tour leave the Pyrénées on the 22.6-kilometer climb up the Port dEnvalira to the highest point of the Tour at 2,408-meter altitude. But once they made the move that initially numbered 15 riders after the climb, but ended with seven, the pressure was really on the Orica-BikeExchange trio to pull off the win.Michel Matthews is not coming back to this team next year, but who do we work for? asked Matt White, Orica-BikeExchange head sports director. Our No. 1 objective for this race is to win a stage whether someone is in the team next year or not. Thats the culture of our team. We saw Daryl Impey working 100 percent for a guy who is probably not going to be his teammate next year. Who won today? Michael won the stage, but we as a team won. That is something to be very proud of.As cruel as it would have been, had Matthews not won, the trios otherwise mighty efforts would have gone down into the 2016 Tour history book as one of the biggest of blunders. We would have been disappointed if we didnt pull off the win, said Matthews, whose victory also made up for second places in a number of past races behind Slovakian world champion Peter Sagan. [Sagan] has got a lot over me now, especially with the world champions jersey. Its nice to have one back.However, for Matthews, Durbridge and Impey to carry the pressure of favoritism on them and actually deliver as they did is not as easy as some may think. This was evident in Stage 7 of the 1993 Tour when the American Motorola team had three riders -- Italian Max Sciandri, Colombia Alvaro Mejia and Australian Phil Anderson -- in the seven-man winning break. After dominating the two intermediate sprints to amass a total of 260 bottles of Fleury la Riviera champagne along with race points and prize money, the Motorola escapees were fancied to win the stage with Sciandri, who was on paper the best sprinter in the move.No one predicted Sciandri to be rolled by Dane Bjarne Rijs. Sciandris only reply was: To get beaten, yeah, but Rijs? As for the champagne they won? It was quickly shoved into a storage cabinet in the Motorola bus by team staff rather than put on ice.Matt White: We had the numbersHowever, White said Orica-BikeExchange were ready for what may happen in Tuesdays stage. The team anticipated that Sagan might get among the action on the climb out from the start that saw attacks start, as he did in a move that still rewarded the Slovakian with him taking the green points jersey from British sprinter Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).We had a little bit of advantage with numbers, but at the end of the day, you have to have legs. The boys rode incredibly today. Michael finished off the job, White said. Its a massive victory. We spoke this morning and said the only way of a break going away on the climb was if it was a big quality group with all the teams represented. And that is what it was.Peter is a freak. Who would have thought the guy who is chasing the green jersey, the guy who has already won a stage would go on the attack on a Hors category climb from kilometer zero? Well, we did because he is so unpredictable. The beauty of todays stage is that we had numbers. With numbers, and if you play it smart, its a great move.After the break escaped and rode away, Sagan upped the ante inside the last 30 kilometers and split the break from 15 to seven riders. After Impey and Durbridge made the front group, they controlled the breaks pace up until the last climb, a third category hill with seven kilometers to go. Durbridge dropped when he had put his all in and his work was done.When you have Michael versus Sagan after the amount of effort he had to make, Michael was good enough to beat him, White said. We have had a bit of bad luck the last couple of years in the Tour de France, and our last win was three years ago. And its nice to get that win under the belt.He added that Orica-BikeExchange can now focus back on helping their British climber Adam Yates, who is set on trying to win a stage and is placed second overall at 16 seconds to Briton Chris Froome (Sky). Irishman Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) is in third place at 19 seconds.We have achieved the No. 1 goal: to win a stage. So now, we can put a little more emphasis on looking after Adam, but there is a long way to go. We still have other opportunities for stage wins, so nothing changes in that regard, White said.Matthews, meanwhile, devoted his stage win to his wife, Kat, and their dog. He had been questioning his suitability for the Tour due to many crashes, including one last year, in which he broke four ribs, and two this year. But a talk with his wife on Monday lifted him.I was almost giving up on this race, he said. I was going to say maybe the Tour de France isnt for me. Ive just had so much bad luck in this race. My wife [and I] had a good talk and she kept me motivated to keep pushing. I really dedicate this win to my wife and my dog. Vans Old Skool Sale Cheap . Marincin has played in two NHL games so far this season with two penalty minutes. The 21-year-old has three goals, four assists and a plus-5 rating in 24 games with the American Hockey Leagues Oklahoma City Barons this season. Cheap Vans Old Skool For Sale . 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