Tour de France: Dan Martin loses valuable ground

Michael Matthews won stage 16 of the Tour de France to Romans-sur-Isere as Irish cyclist Dan Martin lost ground on the leaders.

The QuickStep Floors rider had jumped into fifth on Sunday but, in Tuesday's stage from Le Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-lsere, he got caught on the wrong side of the split when the leading group moved in the final few kilometres as Michael Matthews crossed the line as the stage victor and Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey.

Australian Michael Matthews crossed the line less than half a bike's length ahead of Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen, with Germany's John Degenkolb just centimeters further back.

Froome's Spanish team-mate Mikel Landa reclaimed fifth place from Martin, who dropped to seventh, while Nairo Quintana climbed back into the top 10 at the expense of Contador. The peloton battled strong winds over lengthy stretches of the 165 kilometres stage, but three-time Tour victor Froome stayed on the right side as the peloton split into pieces over the final 20km.

Race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) kept out of trouble and finished in the lead group alongside rivals Fabio Aru (Astana), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) to retain his yellow jersey.

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