Rodez (France) – Australian Michael Matthews won the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday as Chris Froome retook the yellow jersey from Fabio Aru.

Matthews won comfortably ahead of Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet in the tough uphill sprint finish to the 181.5km stage from Blagnac to Rodez, with Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen third.

But Aru was caught out well down in the peloton as gaps appeared in the finale, allowing reigning champion Froome to retake the jersey he’d lost to the Italian on Thursday.

In this type of finish, positioning is crucial and Aru failed to manouevre himself to the front of the peloton in a rapid last 10km.

Froome did, though, and was in the right place when the sprint for the line started in the last 600 metres.

© AFP Lionel BONAVENTURE Australia's Michael Matthews celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 181,5 km fourteenth stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 15, 2017 between Blagnac and Rodez

© AFP Lionel BONAVENTURE – Australia’s Michael Matthews celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 181,5 km fourteenth stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 15, 2017 between Blagnac and Rodez