After a nervous wind-hit coastal run, Groves followed BikeExchange Matthews up the home straight in Perpignan and made a late leap with perfect timing. It was a first WorldTour stage win for the 23-year-old Australian.
“You can see we have a strong team here,” said Matthews. “And to be part of Kaden’s first victory means a lot to me”
“We targeted the win today,” Groves said after the race. “We did everything to stay in the front group in the wind, there was a late split and we held on. It was full gas”.
Jonas Hvideberg of DSM is in the overall lead by 1s from Matthews, who said he was more than happy with his stage win from Monday.
BikeExchange team leader Simon Yates however trailed home 30 seconds after the main group after a fall and a badly timed mechanical problem left him in the slower second group when a cross wind caused a split.