Michael
Matthews

Residence
Monoco, France
Age
28
Height
178cm
Nickname
Bling
Twitter
@blingmatthews
Hobbies
Karting/Motocross
Favourite food
Sushi
Favourite TV show
Big Bang Theory
Favourite holiday destination
Maldives
Favourite race
Amstel Gold Race
Michael Matthews

 

The Australian rode himself into the history books in 2017, winning the green points jersey and two stages at the Tour de France. Since 2013, he has won stages of all three grand tours and has come close at the world championships too, finishing second in 2015, fourth in 2016 and third in 2017, after picking up the 2010 U23 world title on home soil.

He also became team time trial world champion in 2017, results he believes reflects Team Sunweb’s ability and desire to nurture talent.

“I like the way the team tries to get the best out of every rider with the resources that we have – that is the clear focus – and the last two years we have had amazing results. This is not from riders who had those results already and were signed, but results they helped us to get. This is a team that wants to help us get these big results.”

A self-confessed Justin Beiber fan (much to his teammates’ disgust), Michael first got in to cycling aged 16, transferring from moto-cross after a school testing day in Canberra. After months of training with a dedicated coach, he raced the U17 nationals, winning the title solo by minutes.

A pure all-rounder, Michael can turn his hand to most races on the bike. But his 2018 started badly, after crashing in his first race of the season and breaking his shoulder. And after sickness ruled him out of this year’s Tour de France, he hit his stride in the later stages of the year, winning Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Montréal.

Next season, he hopes to hit the ground running with a good spring before targeting the Tour de France and the world championships.

With the nickname “Bling”, it is easy to pigeon hole Michael, but he believes he has settled in recent years, recently becoming a father to a beautiful baby girl.

“I am blessed with such a beautiful life – it has been an amazing experience so far. I live everyday as if it’s my last. I love what I do, and I have a wonderful family. The way you look at life totally changes. I used to try to find flashy things to make me happy but now I just look at my baby’s eyes and seeing her smile – that is more than money, winning a race, more than anything.”

Michael Matthews | Team Sunweb
Michael Matthews | Team Sunweb
Michael Matthews | Team Sunweb
Michael Matthews | Team Sunweb

Results

2018
1 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
1 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
1 Prologue Tour de Romandie
1 Stage 7 Binck Bank Tour
2 Team Time Trial Tour de Suisse
2017
1 Stage 1 Vuelta al Pais Vasco
1 Stage 3 Tour de Suisse
1 Stage 14 Tour de France
1 Stage 16 Tour de France
1 TTT World Championships
2016
1 Stage 10 Tour de France
1 Points Classification Paris - Nice
1 Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja
1 Prologue Paris - Nice
1 Stage 2 Paris - Nice