Michael Matthews (cyclist)

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Michael Matthews
Tour de France 2017, matthews (35326165334) (cropped).jpg
Matthews at the 2017 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Michael James Matthews
Nickname Bling
Born (1990-09-26) 26 September 1990 (age 27)
Canberra, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Sunweb
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Puncheur
Professional team(s)
2010 Team Jayco–Skins
2011–2012 Rabobank
2013–2016 Orica–GreenEDGE
2017– Team Sunweb
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Points classification (2017)
3 individual stage (2016, 2017)
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2014, 2015)
2 TTT stages (2014, 2015)
Vuelta a España
3 individual stages (2013, 2014)

One-day races and Classics

Rund um Köln (2011)
Clásica de Almería (2013)
Vuelta a La Rioja (2014, 2016)

Other

UCI Oceania Tour (2009–10)

Michael James Matthews (born 26 September 1990) is an Australian track and road cyclist who rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Sunweb.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder,[2] and in 2010 he became the Under 23 Road Race World Champion.[3]

Matthews left Rabobank at the end of the 2012 season, and joined Orica–GreenEDGE on a two-year contract from the 2013 season.[1]

Orica GreenEDGE (2013–2016)[edit]

Matthews wearing the pink jersey at the 2014 Giro d'Italia

Matthews was selected to ride the 2014 Giro d'Italia. His Orica Greenedge team won the opening team time trial in Belfast. On Stage 2, Matthews finished eighth behind Marcel Kittel in a sprint finish, also in Belfast, to take the pink jersey for the leader of the general classification from teammate Svein Tuft. Matthews won Stage 6, a hill top finish at Monte Cassino. Matthews withdrew from the Giro after Stage 10 after suffering a crash on Stage 9.[4]

In 2015, Matthews won the points classification jersey of Paris–Nice as well as a stage. He won third place in the 2015 Milan–San Remo.[5] He also met success at the opening stage of the Tour of the Basque Country by outsprinting a group of about fifty riders after a hilly day.[6] He then went on to a second place in the Brabantse Pijl, winning the sprint of the group after nearly getting to lone escapee Ben Hermans.[7] At the Amstel Gold Race, Matthews grabbed another notable result, when he came in third of the final dash for the line while being part of a small leading group.[8] At the Tour de Suisse, Matthews won stage 4 after following Peter Sagan's wheel in the sprint and passing him in the final metres.[9]

He was named in the start list for the 2015 Tour de France.[10] In the 2016 Tour de France, Matthews out-sprinted a breakaway group of 7 riders to win stage 10, his first stage win in the Tour de France, completing a set of Grand Tour stage victories.

In August 2015 he married his Slovakian girlfriend Katarína Hajzerová.

In August 2016 it was confirmed that Matthews would join Team Sunweb for the 2017 season.[11]

Team Sunweb (2017–)[edit]

Matthews wearing the green jersey at the 2017 Tour de France

Matthews was expected to contend for the Green jersey at the 2017 Tour de France, and his chances were boosted on Stage 4 after an incident during the final sprint which saw Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data forced out of the race through injury and Peter Sagan, winner of the Green Jersey in the previous 5 Tours, disqualified.[12][13] Matthews won Stage 14, a reduced peloton uphill sprint finish at Rodez. [14] On Stage 16, the high pace set by Matthews's Team Sunweb dropped the green jersey wearer Kittel; Matthews, who was second to Kittel in points classification, won the stage.[15] On Stage 17, Kittel crashed and withdrew from the Tour, putting Matthews in the green jersey.[16] Matthews retained the jersey to Paris.

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2008
Internazionale Bresciana
1st Prologue & Stage 3b
1st Stage 2 GP General Patton
1st Stage 7 Tour of the Murray River
1st & fastest time John Woodman Memorial
2009
Oceania Road Championships
1st OceaniaChampionJersey.png Road race
1st OceaniaChampionJersey.png Time trial
Oceania Under–23 Road Championships
1st OceaniaChampionJersey.png Road race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Time trial
National Under–23 Road Championships
2nd Road race
3rd Time trial
2nd Gran Premio della Liberazione
9th Overall Tour of Japan
2010
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Road race, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
Tour de Langkawi
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
2nd Trofeo Banca Popolare di Vicenza
2nd Ronde van Vlaanderen Beloften
2nd Gran Premio della Liberazione
National Under–23 Road Championships
3rd Road race
3rd Time trial
4th Overall Tour of Japan
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
5th Overall Tour of Wellington
1st Stage 4
7th Overall Ringerike GP
1st Stages 2 & 3
8th Overall Tour de l'Avenir
2011
1st Rund um Köln
1st Stage 2 Jayco Bay Cycling Classic
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Murcia
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
3rd Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
4th Overall Tour Down Under
1st Stage 3
5th Overall Delta Tour Zeeland
6th Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
2012
1st Clásica de Almería
Tour of Utah
1st Jersey green.svg Sprints classification
1st Stage 3
9th Overall Tour Down Under
10th Brabantse Pijl
2013
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 5 & 21
Held Jersey green.svg after Stages 6 & 7
Tour of Utah
1st Jersey violet.svg Sprints classification
1st Stages 2 & 4
National Road Championships
2nd Road race
3rd Time trial
2nd Vuelta a La Rioja
2014
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 6
Held Jersey pink.svg after Stages 2–7
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 2–7
Held Jersey blue.svg after Stages 6 & 7
Vuelta a España
1st Stage 3
Held Jersey red.svg after Stages 3–5
Held Jersey green.svg after Stage 4
Tour of Slovenia
1st Jersey red.svg Points classification
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
1st Stage 3 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Vuelta a La Rioja
2nd Brabantse Pijl
6th Trofeo Ses Salines
7th Trofeo Palma
2015
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 3
Held Jersey pink.svg after Stages 2–3
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 1–3
Paris–Nice
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3
Tour of Alberta
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
1st Stage 1 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 4 Tour de Suisse
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2nd Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
2nd Brabantse Pijl
3rd Milan–San Remo
3rd Amstel Gold Race
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 5 Tour de France
2016
1st Stage 10 Tour de France
Paris–Nice
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Prologue & Stage 2
1st Vuelta a La Rioja
UCI Road World Championships
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team time trial
4th Road race
3rd London–Surrey Classic
4th GP Ouest–France
4th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
5th Brabantse Pijl
5th Amstel Gold Race
5th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
2017
UCI Road World Championships
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team time trial
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Road race
Tour de France
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 14 & 16
1st Stage 1 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 3 Tour de Suisse
3rd Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
3rd London–Surrey Classic
4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Bretagne Classic
8th Gent–Wevelgem
8th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
9th UCI World Tour
10th Amstel Gold Race
2018
1st Prologue Tour de Romandie
2nd Eschborn–Frankfurt
5th La Flèche Wallonne
7th Milan–San Remo

Grand Tour record[edit]

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Giro d'Italia DNE DNS-11 DNF DNE DNE
Stages won  — 2 2  —  —
Points classification  — NR NR  —  —
Tour de France DNE DNE 152 110 69
Stages won 1 2
Points classification  —  — 73 3 1
Vuelta a España 110 75  — DNE DNE
Stages won 2 1  —  —  —
Points classification 9 6  —  —  —
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DNS-x Did Not Start (no started on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

Monument & classics results timeline[edit]

Monument 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Milan–San Remo 107 78 3 59 12 7
Tour of Flanders
Paris–Roubaix
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 128 4 63
Giro di Lombardia DNF DNF
Classic 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Amstel Gold Race DNF 12 3 5 10 24
La Flèche Wallonne 112 DNF 21 67 5
Clásica de San Sebastián DNF
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec DNF 2 5 3
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 71 19 4 8

Recognition[edit]

  • 2017 - "Oppy", for the Australian Cyclist of the Year, Men's Elite Road Cyclist of the Year and the People's Choice Award.[17]
  • 2017 - ACT Sport Male Athlete of the Year. [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Benson, Daniel (15 August 2012). "Michael Matthews signs for Orica-GreenEdge". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  2. ^ AIS Athletes at 2010 Commonwealth Games Archived 28 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Australia's Matthews grabs home turf title
  4. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/matthews-withdraws-from-the-giro-ditalia/
  5. ^ "Results: 2015 Milano-Sanremo". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 22 March 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Matthews wins Pais Vasco opener". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hermans holds off pack for Brabantse Pijl win". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Kwiatkowski sprints to first victory in rainbow jersey in Amstel Gold Race". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Stuart Clarke (16 June 2015). "Michael Matthews wins stage four of the Tour de Suisse as crash delays Thomas". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Sports & Leisure network. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "2015 Tour de France start list". Velo News. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  11. ^ http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/article/2016/08/05/michael-matthews-move-giant-alpecin-confirmed
  12. ^ Fotheringham, William (4 July 2017). "Mark Cavendish out of Tour and Peter Sagan disqualified after horror crash". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  13. ^ Robertshaw, Henry (4 July 2017). "Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  14. ^ Westemeyer, Susan (15 July 2017). "Tour de France: Matthews wins in Rodez as Froome moves into yellow". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome retains lead as Michael Matthews takes second win". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  16. ^ Benson, Daniel (18 July 2017). "Tour de France: Matthews wins stage 16". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  17. ^ Polkinghorne, David (17 November 2017). "Tour de France star Michael Matthews wins triple crown at Cycling Australia awards". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  18. ^ Dutton, Chris (1 December 2017). "Caroline Buchanan, Michael Matthews, Schoolboy rugby big winners at ACT sport awards". Canberra Times. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 

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