Nacer Bouhanni Is For Real Winning Tour of Spain Stage 8

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ALBACETE, Spain, Aug 30, 2014 (AFP) - France's Nacer Bouhanni won his second stage of the Vuelta a Espana in controversial circumstances as he edged out Australia's Michael Matthews at the finish line of Saturday's 207km eighth stage from Baeza to Albacete. Bouhanni appeared to cut across Matthews as he surged for the line in a time of 4hr 29 mins with Slovakian Peter Sagan in third. … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb Wins 2nd Straight Tour of Spain Stage

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MADRID, Aug 27, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb won his second stage of the Tour of Spain in as many days in a controversial finish on Wednesday as Australian Michael Matthews extended his overall lead. France's Nacer Bouhanni, who won the second stage, claimed he was blocked out by Degenkolb as he tried to pass at the finish line of the 180km stage from Priego de Cordoba to … [Read more...]

Michael Matthews Keeps Lead, Degenkolb Wins Stage 4

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CORDOVA, Spain, Aug 26, 2014 (AFP) - Australian rider Michael Matthews remains the overall leader of the Tour of Spain after Germany's John Degenkolb won Tuesday's fourth stage, a 164.7-km ride from Mairena del Alcor to Cordoba. Degenkolb, second in this year's Paris-Roubaix one day classic, crossed the line ahead of Spaniard Vicente Reynes with Matthews in third after … [Read more...]

Michael Matthews Takes Win And Lead At Tour of Spain

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ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA, Spain, Aug 25, 2014 (AFP) - Australian rider Michael Matthews won the third stage of the Tour of Spain and took the overall race lead as he prevailed in a sprint finish ahead of Irishman Dan Martin and Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez on Monday. The 23-year-old Orica GreenEdge rider, who won two stages in the Vuelta last year, crossed the line in a time of 5hr 12min 14sec … [Read more...]

Injured Michael Matthews Out of Tour de France

LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 04, 2014 - Australian Michael Matthews has had to pull out of the Tour de France, which begins in Leeds on Saturday, after crashing heavily in training. He has been replaced in the Australian Orica GreenEDGE team by Canadian Christian Meier. Matthews, a 23-year-old sprinter from Canberra, fell during a training ride at the beginning of the week, … [Read more...]

ORICA-GreenEDGE Announces 2014 Tour de France Roster

ORICA-GreenEDGE has announced its nine rider squad for the 2014 Tour de France. More than half the squad make their Tour debut with five first timers. The remaining four were part of the successful team that scored two stage wins and a four day stint in the yellow jersey last year. "This year we are going to the Tour without a sprinter for the flat stages and will be targeting numerous … [Read more...]

An Injured Michael Matthews Withdrawls From Giro

COLLECCHIO, Italy, May 21, 2014 (AFP) - Australian rider Michael Matthews has pulled out of the Tour of Italy before Wednesday's 11th stage, his Orica team announced. The 23-year-old, who wore the leader's pink jersey for six days, suffered a right thigh injury in a fall on Sunday. Despite that misfortune Matthews, who won the sixth stage, went on to take third in Tuesday's 10th … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Stage 8 Just As Hoped For One

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MONTECOPIOLO, Italy, May 17, 2014 (AFP) - Veteran Australian Cadel Evans replaced compatriot Michael Matthews in the overall leader's pink jersey following the 179 kilometres eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday from Foligno to Montecopiolo. The 37-year-old Evans, Tour de France champion in 2011 and third in this race last year, came fifth in the stage, eight seconds adrift of … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Stage 7 Goes To Plan

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FOLIGNO, Italy, May 16, 2014 (AFP) - French sprint ace Nacer Bouhanni claimed his second victory of the Giro d'Italia on Friday as Australian Michael Matthews held on to the race leader's pink jersey. Bouhanni handed the French their first win in Italy's biggest race in three years after overcoming a late puncture during Tuesday's rain-hit fourth stage to triumph at the finish line. … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Stage 6 Ends With Nasty Crash

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MONTECASSINO, Italy, May 15, 2014 (AFP) - Heavy rain made for a slick surface and there were two falls in the final 12km, 8.7km of which was a steep climb. Race leader Michael Matthews of Australia won the gruelling sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday as compatriot Cadel Evans lurked on a day's racing marred by a nasty crash. Matthews, 23, surged home in a sprint finish to the … [Read more...]