All eyes are on Michael Matthews following the loss of Richie Porte from this year’s Tour de France.
The 26-year-old currently rides for Team Sunweb, based out of Germany. Not only is Matthews a specialised sprinter, but an outstanding puncheur. Born in Canberra, Matthews received an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship and became the Under 23 Road Race World Champion in 2010.
Matthews has a long line of achievements. In 2015, he won the points classification jersey of the Paris-Nice as well as taking out a stage. Later that year, he placed third in the Milan-San Remo.
Matthews’ success in one-day events led him to the 2016 Tour de France, where he out-sprinted a breakaway group of seven riders to claim his first ever stage win.
“It was something in my life I’ll never forget”, Matthews said. “It was a breakthrough in the biggest race of the year”.
Matthews is chasing the Tour’s green jersey this year to become the leader of the points classification. His greatest competition this year is German powerhouse, Marcel Kittel. Experts tip Matthews’ win following the disqualification of Peter Sagan, who has been on a winning streak for the last five years.