Tour de France: Michael Matthews snags the green jersey

Aussie Michael Matthews (Sunweb) secured his green jersey win in a final stage sprint, won by Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo). British cyclist Chris Froome (Team Sky) claimed his fourth Tour de France win.

Matthews, proudly sporting the flag, was the first Australian to win the green jersey since 2006.

This was a dream, thank you to everyone involved for making my dream come true.

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Matthews secured the green jersey in the 19th stage and was confirmed as the winner prior to the final stage, permitting that he finished the race. Dominating the points classification with 364 points, Matthews held too great of a lead for German André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) to catch up.

“It’s really a dream come true to stand there with the green jersey,” Matthews said.

A successful year for Team Sky saw French team-mate Warren Barguil claim the polka dot jersey as “King of the Mountains”.

“It’s been a rollercoaster with a lot of highs and lows. The second week was when mine and Warren’s dreams started to come true.”

Success for Sunweb: Michael Matthews and Warren Barguil. Credit: Herald Sun

Success for Sunweb: Michael Matthews and Warren Barguil. Credit: Herald Sun

The disqualification of five-time green jersey winner Peter Sagan, blew the competition wide open for Matthews. However, his consistent performance made him a worthy winner of the race’s second highest jersey.

Matthews said he was motivated by good friend Richie Porte, who faces an extensive recovery after his horrible crash on stage 9 of the Tour.

“When the accident happened, straight after he was still super motivated for me to achieve my dreams and that shows what a true champion he really is. For him to keep believing in me after his dreams got taken away; it’s pretty special for me.”

Matthews claimed that Porte would have given Froome a real run for his money.

Froome’s fourth title in five years proves his enduring supremacy over the Tour.

 

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