Australian Michael Matthews completed a vintage ride to win stage 14 of the Tour de France on Saturday.
The route was a hilly trek from Saint Etienne to Mende. Denmark's Jonas Vingegaard held off defending champion Tadej Pogacar to retain the yellow jersey.
Matthews went solo from the day's breakaway with 51km to go. After being caught by a trio of chasers, he attacked again on the final ascent, a brutal 3km climb at 10.2% gradient.
A chase – but the Australian escaped
Alberto Bettiol managed to rein him in once more, only for Matthews to come back and go solo again to beat the Italian by 15-seconds.
Thibaut Pinot came home third as the race's French riders continue to fight for their first stage win this year.
The group of top contenders was lagging far behind. Pogacar again attacked in a bid to unsettle Vingegaard on the last climb, only for the Dane to follow easily and cross the line on the defending champion's wheel, nullifying his strategy.
The Slovenian’s strategy did not work
Pogacar had tried to shake things up before, 10km into the 192.5-km stage, splitting the bunch with a burst of acceleration on a short hill.
The 2018 champion could not follow Pogacar and Vingegaard on the Cote de la Croix Neuve but limited the damage. Thomas lost 17-seconds to the leading duo while extending his lead over fourth-placed Romain Bardet by nine seconds.
Sunday's 15th stage is a 202.5-km ride from Rodez to Carcassonne before a rest day on Monday.