Michael Matthews (cyclist)

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Michael Matthews Road cycling
Michael Matthews at the Tour de France 2017
Michael Matthews at the Tour de France 2017
To person
Full name Michael James Matthews
Nickname Bling
Date of birth September 26, 1990
nation AustraliaAustralia Australia
discipline Street
Driver type sprinter
To the team
Current team Sunweb
function driver
Team (s)
Team Jayco-AIS
Team Jayco-Skins
Rabobank Cycling Team
Orica GreenEdge
Team Sunweb
Most important successes
UCI Road World Championships
World Champion World champion team time trial 2017
silver World Championship Road Race 2015
bronze World Championship Road Race 2017
UCI WorldTour
three stages Tour de France
Green jersey Points classification Tour de France 2017
three stages Vuelta a España
two stages of the Giro d'Italia
two stages tour of Catalonia
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 2018, 2019
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 2018
Last updated: March 30, 2019

Michael James Matthews (born September 26, 1990 in Canberra ) is an Australian cyclist . He is considered a strong sprint all-rounder.


Youth, Juniors and U23

Michael Matthews was the 2006 Australian road racing champion in the youth class. In the 2008 season he won two stages of the Tre Ciclistica Bresciana in the junior class , a section of the Grand Prix Général Patton and was successful in one stage of the Tour of the Murray River . He was also the Australian runner-up in the junior team pursuit on the track . The following year he won the silver medal in the individual time trial of the U23 class at the Oceania Championships in Australia .

From September 2009 Matthews drove for the Jayco-AIS team . In November he was able to win the championship title in the time trial and in the road race of the U23 class at the Oceania Championships in Invercargill . In 2010 he became the U23 road racing world champion and also won the overall ranking of the UCI Oceania Tour .

In the elite

In 2011, Matthews moved to the Dutch ProTeam Rabobank . In his first year with this team, he achieved his first victory in the UCI WorldTour with his stage win at the Tour Down Under .

After two years at Rabobank, he signed a contract with the Australian Orica GreenEdge team . At the Vuelta a España 2013 he won the mass sprint on the fifth stage and decided the 21st and final stage for himself. In 2014 he won a third stage of the Tour of Spain . The following year, Matthews won the third stage of the Giro d'Italia and together with his team Orica GreenEdge the team time trial . At the 2016 Tour de France , he won the tenth stage in the sprint. In 2015 Michaels Matthews was runner-up in Richmond, USA, behind Peter Sagan from Slovakia . At the road world championships in Doha a year later, his team won the bronze medal in the team time trial.

After four years at Orica GreenEdge , Matthews moved to the German team Sunweb (formerly Giant-Alpecin ) in 2017 .

Michael Matthews in the green jersey at the Tour de France 2017
Matthews on the 21st stage of the Tour de France 2017

By February 2017, Matthews had won a total of 25 UCI races, including stage wins at the Vuelta a Murcia (2011), the Tour de Slovénie , the Tour of Utah (2012 and 2013), at Paris – Nice (2015) and the Tour de Suisse (2015 and 2017) and the Tour of Alberta (2015). Among other things, he won the races around Cologne (2011), the Clásica de Almería (2012) and twice the Vuelta a La Rioja (2014 and 2016). At the Tour de France 2017 he won 2 stages, the 14th stage to Rodez and the 16th stage to Romans-sur-Isère . He also won the green jersey , after which the previous leader Marcel Kittel fell. At the end of the season, Matthews and his team also won the world title in the team time trial and won bronze in the road race.

In 2018 the Australian won the prologue at the Tour de Romandie . At the Tour de France he had to give up due to illness before the start of the 5th stage. Later in the season, which has so far been very successful, Matthews succeeded in BinckBank Tour victory of the final stage and even moved in the standings with five seconds behind at No. 2. He later won by the victory of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec be first one-day race at WorldTour level, two days later he was also successful at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal .


Because of his love of piercings and jewelry, Michael Matthews was nicknamed " Bling " in Australia .


Matthews at the 2016 Tour de France
  • silver Oceania Championship - Individual Time Trial (U23)

Grand Tour placements

Grand Tour 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Maglia Rosa Giro d'Italia - DNF DNF - - - -
Yellow jersey Tour de France - - 152 110 69 DNF 67
Red jersey Vuelta a España 110 75 - - - - -
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or withdrawn from the race due to timeout.

Web links

Commons : Michael Matthews  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

References and comments

  1. John Degenkolb: Giant Alpecin brings Michael Matthews as a replacement. eurosport.de, August 4, 2016, accessed on July 13, 2017 .
  2. a b c 2009 two Oceania Championships were held; the event in November 2009 was considered the championship of 2010.
  3. radsport-news.com from August 28, 2013: Matthews wins 5th Vuelta stage
  4. radsport-news.com | Roglic flies to the biggest win of his career. Retrieved on September 19, 2017 (German).
  5. Australian Michael "Bling" Matthews Wins Gold in 2010 World's Cycling Under 23 Road Race ( Memento from July 20, 2012 in the web archive archive.today ), accessed on April 26.