Michael Matthews started his Tour de Suisse campaign fantastically, taking a close fought 4th place in the six kilometre opening stage. He finished fractionally ahead of team-mate Tom Dumoulin, to put them both in a great position for the coming stages.
This year’s Tour de Suisse began in Cham, with a short time trial as the first stage. The riders raced against the clock over a relatively flat six kilometre stretch. Recent Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin came home just 9 seconds down on the stage winner, whilst Australian fast man Micheal Matthews went marginally faster, with an average speed of 58.84kph. By finishing fourth, Michael will wear the blue jersey tomorrow, though he’ll have his eyes on the yellow jersey of overall leader, as there are time bonuses available on the line.
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef looked back on the stage: “It was a good start with Michael taking 4th in 6.33.90 and Tom 5th in 6.33.96, both 9 seconds behind Rohan Dennis. Also Mike and Nikias had a good start, both finishing in the top 30.
“Technically it was a good prologue, just missing the power to be able to fight for the victory against a really strong Rohan Dennis.”