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Early on in the 165-kilometre stage from Le-Puy-en-Velay, green jersey Marcel Kittel had been dropped due to strong riding from Matthews' team mates as the Australian looked to close the gap in the points competition.
While Tuesday's finish didn't have a significant impact on the top of the standings, Matthews and Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen engaged in an epic sprint to the finish line. The officials saw that, I don't know what they're going to do about it.More news: Minneapolis Police Kill Australian Woman Who Called 911 To Report Assault
"We took it from the word go, attacking the whole climb to make it hard for Quick-Step to shut us down", said Matthews, who also won a stage on the Tour previous year.
The stage win was contested out of a 32-man group of contenders, having distanced themselves with 13 kilometers to go in the crosswinds.
"I was waiting for the result and he grabbed me on the way past", Matthews said.More news: Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89
Degenkolb complained that Matthews did not hold his line in the sprint, but the Australian was adamant he raced fairly. "I think it won't sink in until tomorrow morning". "I started my sprint and sprinted in a straight line".
"From then on it was an eight-man team time trial to the finish and I was able to finish off the job in the last 500 metres".More news: Court denies bail to actor Dileep
Froome, the defending champion, has an 18-second overall lead over Aru, with Romain Bardet 23 seconds back in third place.