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Michael Matthews

The versatile and talented Aussie showman who’s as stylish on the bike as he is off it

RIDE LIKE THE PROS

Exciting young Australian Michael Mathews has been competing at the highest level of the sport since the start of his career. In his first season as a pro in 2010, he finished 8th at the Tour de l’Avenir – a kind of mini-Tour de France for young riders – competing well against other young hopefuls including Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and Romain Bardet. Even more impressively, he followed this up by winning the under-23 World Road Race Championship. Joining WorldTour team Rabobank the following season, he took his first major victory at senior level, pipping veteran sprinter Andre Greipel to the line on the third stage of the Tour Down Under, Australia’s most prestigious stage race. Since then, he has notched up plenty more impressive results, including individual multiple stage wins in all three Grand Tours. After joining Team Sunweb, 2017 proved his most successful season yet, winning the Green Jersey at the Tour de France and being part of the victorious Team Time Trial squad at the UCI World Championships in Bergen, followed up with a highly creditable third place in the Road Race. Expect more great things from him this year when he launches his bid for glory at the Paris-Nice stage race in March.

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