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Watch: The yellow jersey changes hands on Stage 14 of the 2017 Tour de France (video highlights)

Stu Bowers
15 Jul 2017

Matthews takes the win on Stage 14 of the 2017 Tour de France but Froome was the day's most significant mover, snatching back the lead

Summary - Stage 14 - Tour de France 2017 by tourdefrance_en

Stage 14 of the 2017 Tour de France looked, until the last few hundred metres, set to go as per the form guide. The breakaway had been reeled in and it was pre-stage favourites BMC Racing's Greg Van Avermaet and Team Sunweb's Michael Matthews duking it out for the line, with Dimension Data's Edvald Boassen Hagen also in the hunt.

Matthews took the spoils, but the stage is likely to be remembered more for the unexpected turn around at the top of the GC standings.

As Matthews crossed the line the steep gradient up to the finish in Rodez was taking its toll on the peloton behind, which had split to pieces creating time gaps that proved significant for the GC.

Chris Froome positioned himself well, limiting his losses and finishing just one second behind the leaders, but a less than ideal final few hundred metres for race leader, Fabio Aru, cost him dearly.

Aru came home unexpectedly far down the order, in 30th place, losing 25 seconds to Froome, conceding his 6 second lead and handing Froome a 19 second advantage to boot, to take with him into the Alps.

It's further evidence the Tour De France is always full of surprises, and you can never assume any day will be a formality. What's for certain is the scene is now set for some epic stages in the Alps in a few day's time.

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