Tour de France 2022 result LIVE: Michael Matthews wins stage 14 as Pogacar and Vingegaard race to finish

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Michael Matthews completed a phenomenal ride to claim his fourth stage Victory in the Tour de France and his first in five years. It took 40km and two category climbs for a Breakaway of 23 Riders to form with Matthews the only member of Team BikeExchange–Jayco.

Knowing that there were others around him preparing their plans, Matthews attacked with 50km of the stage to go. It was an exceptional Tactical decision as he was joined by three other Riders before pushing clear of the break. On the final climb Matthews was caught by Alberto Bettiol but he dug into his reserves to crest the Peak first and rolled over the final 1.5km to claim his win.

In the race for the general classification Tadej Pogacar stuck with yellow Jersey holder Jonas Vingegaard before launching a couple of failed attacks on Cote de la Croix Neuve Montee Jalabert. He failed to gain any time on the Dane who retains the jersey for the final stage of week two tomorrow.

Relive the action from Stage 14 of the Tour de France:

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Tour de France 2022: General Classification standings

Louis Meintjes moves from 14th at the start of the stage up to seventh by the end. An Incredible ride from the South African.

1. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) 55hrs 31’01”

2. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +2’22”

3. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) +2’43”

4. Romain Bardet (Team DSM) +3’01”

5. Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) +4’06”

6. Nario Quintana (Team Arkea-Samsic) +4’15”

7. Louis Meintjes (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) +4’24”

8. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) +4’24”

9. Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) +8’49”

10. Enric Mas (Movistar Team) +9’58”

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Tour de France 2022: Michael Matthews wins stage 14

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Tour de France 2022: Michael Matthews wins stage 14 as Pogacar and Vingegaard race to the finish

Tadej Pogacar tries to pull away from Jonas Vingegaard but doesn’t make a dent in the time gap to the yellow jersey. They both cross the line together some 12 minutes and 30 seconds behind Michael Matthews.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 14

Michael Matthews has won the stage but there’s a second race happening as Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard race up the final climb.

Pogacar is trying to make some time up on Vingegaard’s lead in the GC standings, but so far the yellow jersey holder is up to the task.

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Tour de France 2022: Michael Matthews wins Stage 14!

Alberto Bettiol crosses the line second with Thibaut Pinot in third.

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Tour de France 2022: Michael Matthews wins Stage 14!

What a climb from Michael Matthews, he launched his attack with a quarter of the stage left to go and was reeled in by Alberto Bettiol on the final climb.

He had to dig deep but managed to beat the Italian to the top of the mountain before kicking on to win the stage!

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 14

1.5km to go: Michael Matthews is hanging on as Alberto Bettiol tries to drop him, Bettiol is five or six bike lengths ahead but Matthews is getting closer.

As the gradient slackens, Matthews sneaks ahead and crosses the Peak first to take the KOM point.

He’s only got eyes on the finish line though.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 14

2.5km to go: Alberto Bettiol is bombing up this final climb, he’s catching Matthews and is going to overtake him. Bettiol and Matthews are 35 seconds ahead of the rest now.

The gradient is 13%, the temperature is close to 40 degrees Celsius and there’s still 1km to the top.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 14

3km to go: The Chasing pack can now see Michael Matthews’ group up ahead. Matthews is working hard to get inside the final 2km of the climb.

Thibaut Pinot has reacted yet. The gradient is up to 12%, it’s so tough now.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 14

4km to go: Here comes the climb!

The gap to the leaders is less Tham 20 seconds now as the Pursuing group starts to catch up. We could be in for a bar storming finish here.

Michael Matthews presses on up ahead.

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