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...]

Giro d’Italia Stage 4 Is Just All Wet

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BARI, Italy, May 13, 2014 (AFP) - Sprint specialist Nacer Bouhanni ended a three-year drought for French cyclists in the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday as he won the 112-kilometre fourth stage from Giovinazzo to Bari. The FDJ.fr rider recorded his first ever stage win in a major Tour and becomes the first Frenchman since John Gadret in 2011 to prevail on the Giro. Bouhanni, 23, joined the … [Read more...]

A Soggy Giro d’Italia Stage 2 Ends In Sprint

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by Richard MOORE BELFAST, United Kingdom, May 10, 2014 (AFP) - Australia's Michael Matthews is the Giro d'Italia's new leader, having taken the pink jersey from his Orica-GreenEdge team-mate Svein Tuft after German sprinter Marcel Kittel won Saturday's second stage. "The plan was to win (Friday's) team time-trial, to give Svein the jersey for his birthday, and then for me to … [Read more...]

Michael Matthews Wins Stage, As Nibali Retains Overall At Tour of Spain

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LAGO DE SANABRIA, Spain, Aug 28, 2013 (AFP) - Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) won the fifth stage of the Tour of Spain on Wednesday, edging out Maximiliano Ariel Recheze (Lampre) and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) in a sprint finish. It was the 22-year-old's first stage win in a major Tour. Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) retained his lead in … [Read more...]

Michael Matthews To Join ORICA-GreenEDGE

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ORICA-GreenEDGE is pleased to announce Michael Matthews will join the team in 2013 on a two year contract. The young Australian won the U-23 World Championships in Melbourne in 2010, the first stage of the Tour Down Under when he made his WorldTour debut in 2011 and most recently, stage three of Tour of Utah. "I chose ORICA-GreenEDGE for several reasons," said Matthews. "Most importantly, it … [Read more...]