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Matthews Wins Mountainous Tour Stage After Years Of Frustration

REVEL, France — After so much bad luck at the Tour de France, Michael Matthews believed he was jinxed.

Two years ago, the Australian rider crashed days before he was scheduled to take a flight to the start of the Tour in England and had to pull out before the race.

Matthews eventually made his debut at cycling's biggest race last year but broke four ribs in a crash in the third stage, and struggled until the finish on the Champs-Elysees.

This month, the Australian crashed twice and thought about retiring on Sunday after the toughest Pyrenean stage.

No wonder he struggled to believe that he finally won a Tour stage on Tuesday.

"It's unbelievable. I was...