Michael Matthews   
Michael Matthews
COUNTRY
Australia
Residence
Canberra
Pro Since
2011
Riders Type
Sprinter
2016 Racing KMS
9548
2016 Race Days
60
ABOUT Michael Matthews

The most notable addition to Team Sunweb is sprinter Michael Matthews. The 26 year old Australian from Canberra will join the team on a three year contract after a four-year spell at Orica-BikeExchange. Michael, who now lives in Monaco, has a character suited well to the team. “I am very happy with my transfer to Team Sunweb. I have always admired the way the team approaches the sport as a team sport. The team has a proven strategy and I’m confident that I will be able to continue my development as a rider within this team.”

The rapid Matthews climbs well in hilly surroundings, a skill that has made him a world-class rider. He has the ability to focus on getting results on a variety of terrains as well as in the classics, stage races and Grand Tours. With no less than 33 professional victories since the start of his professional career, Matthews is the real winning type. His most notable performances are three stage wins in the Vuelta, two victories in the Giro, silver at the world championship in Richmond in 2015 and two third places at Milan-San Remo and the Amstel Gold Race in 2015.

Matthews started 2016 very strongly. He won the prologue, the second stage and the points classification in Paris-Nice. “By winning the prologue I almost certainly ruined Tom Dumoulins day. I’d better watch out for him now”, smiles Matthews. The highlight of his season was winning the 10th stage of the Tour de France, finishing in front of Peter Sagan and Edvald Boasson-Hagen. He ended the season with a respectable fourth place during the World Championships in Doha.

His fondness for jewellery has earned him the nickname ‘Bling’. Nevertheless, the Ozzie isn’t overly extravagant. “I am a bit shy at times and not so outspoken. When I know people better and I feel relaxed, I become more outgoing and more fun”, he admits.


“When I look back at my career so far, I am most proud of my Junior World Championship title in Geelong. I think it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to become the world’s best in your own country. One of my biggest aspirations for the future is to win the green jersey at the Tour de France. To win the jersey you need to gain points in flat races, but also get into some breakaways – I think I have the capacities to do both. An important condition to be able to do this, is the help of a great team. That’s why I am so pleased to be part of Team Sunweb now.”

"I think I have the ability to win the green jersey."