Matthews Completes Grand Tour 3 Peat At Tour de France Stage 10

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Revel, France, July 12, 2016 (AFP) - Michael Matthews completed the full set of Grand Tour stage victories with a "dream come true" success at the Tour de France 10th stage on Tuesday. Reigning champion Chris Froome retained the leader's yellow jersey, the Briton rolling over the line with a languid peloton almost 10 minutes behind Matthews. The … [Read more...]

Matthews Holds Lead, As Lutsenko Closes The Gap At Paris-Nice

Salon-de-Provence, France, March 11, 2016 (AFP) - Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko came home alone to win the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race on Friday and close the gap on overall race leader Michael Matthews of Australia. Astana's Lutsenko broke away from the peloton 28km from the line to cross 21 seconds ahead of the pursuing pack led by Norway's Alexander Kristoff and Matthews. … [Read more...]

Matthew Keeps Lead, As Bouhanni Wins Paris-Nice Stage 4

Romans-sur-Isère, France, March 10, 2016 (AFP) - France's Nacer Bouhanni sprinted to victory in the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice on Thursday, as Australia's Michael Matthews held the overall race lead. Bouhanni, who was demoted from first to third on Tuesday, made no mistake to cross ahead of Belgian Edward Theuns, Germany's Andre Greipel and Alexander Kristoff of Norway. It was the … [Read more...]

Matthews Wins Paris-Nice Stage2, As Bouhanni Is Disqualified

Commentry, France, March 8, 2016 (AFP) - Race leader Michael Matthews took his second stage victory at this year's Paris-Nice after Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni was disqualified from Tuesday's sprint finish. Australian Matthews was blocked in by Bouhanni, who swerved wildly towards the Orica GreenEdge rider just 20 yards from the line. The 25-year-old Matthews, the race leader who also won … [Read more...]

Matthews Keeps His Grip On Paris-Nice Lead, Demare Gets Stage

Vendôme, France, March 7, 2016 (AFP) - France's Arnaud Demare won a sprint finish as snow fell on the first stage of the Paris-Nice race on Monday with Australia's Michael Matthews holding the overall race lead. FDJ rider Demare, junior world champion in 2011 and French champion in 2014, crossed ahead of Britain's Ben Swift and France's Nacer Bouhanni after the 198km stage of 'The Race to … [Read more...]

Aussie Michael Matthews Wins Paris-Nice Prologue

Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, March 6, 2016 (AFP) - Australian Michael Matthews took the overall leader's yellow jersey at the Paris-Nice stage race after winning the opening prologue on Sunday. Orica GreenEdge rider Matthews, 25, blitzed the 6.1km course at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, to the west of Paris, in 7min 39sec to beat Dutch timetrial specialist Tom Dumoulin by a single … [Read more...]

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan Captures World Road Cycling Championship

By Jim SLATER Richmond, United States, Sept 27, 2015 (AFP) - Slovakia's Peter Sagan charged ahead over the last climbs and hung on at the finish to win Sunday's men's road race at the World Road Cycling Championships. Sagan completed the 261.4km (162.4 mile) course in 6hrs 14mins 37secs to defeat Australian Michael Matthews by three seconds with Lithuania's … [Read more...]

Matthews Wins Giro d’Italia Stage 3 To Consolidate Lead

Sestri Levante, Italy, May 11, 2015 (AFP) - Australia's Michael Matthews burst from the pack to win a bunch sprint to claim Monday's third stage of the Giro d'Italia and consolidate his lead atop the overall standings. Matthews picked up a 10-second time bonus for the stage win to stretch his overall lead, which he took possession of on Sunday after he finished seventh on stage two. … [Read more...]

Viviani Wins Giro d’Italia 2nd Stage, Matthews Wearing Pink

Genoa, Italy, May 10, 2015 (AFP) - Italy's Elia Viviani won a sprint finish for the second stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday to put his Sky team back in the running after a disappointing opening day. Viviani crossed ahead of Dutch cyclist Moreno Hofland and Germany's Andre Greipel after 4hr 13min 18sec in the saddle over 177km from Albenga to Genoa. Michael Matthews took the … [Read more...]

Fabio Felline Wins Stage 2, Matthews Keeps Lead In Basque Country

Vitoria, Spain, April 7, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Fabio Felline edged out Australia's Michael Matthews to win the second stage, but the Orica-GreenEdge rider maintained his overall lead at the Tour of the Basque Country on Tuesday. Felline pipped Matthews in a sprint finish to the line on the 175.4km ride from Bilbao to Vitoria in a time of 4hr 32min 32sec with France's Tony Gallopin in … [Read more...]