ROMANS-SUR-ISERE, France (AP) - Michael Matthews has won a sprint to the line on Stage 16 of the Tour de France as Britain's Chris Froome kept the race leader's yellow jersey ahead of two difficult days in the Alps.

Heavy crosswinds played havoc in the last 30 kilometers of the 165-kilometer (102.5-mile) ride between Le Puy-en-Velay to Romans-en-Isere, causing the peloton to stretch and frequently break into several groups.

Froome and his main rivals - Fabio Aru, Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran - managed to stay at the front and crossed the finish line together.

Froome, the defending champion, has an 18-second lead over Aru, with Romain Bardet 23 seconds back in third place.