Michael
Matthews

Residence
Monaco, France
Age
29
Height
178cm
Nickname
Bling
Twitter
@blingmatthews
Hobbies
Karting/Motocross
Favourite food
Sushi
Favourite TV show
Suits
Favourite holiday destination
Maldives
Favourite race
Amstel Gold Race

Michael took three wins to his name in 2019 alongside a string of top ten results but the competitive Australian looks back on the season, yearning for more.

“There were a lot of things that jeopardised 2019 which I couldn’t control, crashes and being sick. It meant my preparation for the classics wasn’t ideal so hopefully that doesn’t happen in 2020 and we can get some nice results as a team.”

Despite his persona and nickname as “Bling”, Michael remains a very down to earth and easy-going guy and he has been able to use his daughter as a means of solace when things don’t go his way. Likewise, he uses her as another motivational factor, always wanting to be the best he can be.

“Crossing the finish line and getting a good result or a win, it is definitely something special when you see videos of her cheering and watching the TV, or if I video call her after the race. It definitely motivates me. She keeps me busy when I’m at home as well and it is something different to think about other than bike racing.”

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

Blessed to be doing the sport he loves as a job, Michael currently spends most of his time in Monaco, alongside several other professional riders and regularly goes out for training rides with them.

A perfectionist, it is that drive and determination that has taken the Australian to the very upper echelons of the sport and something that he still continues to put into practice.

“I’m never really satisfied with my ride, I always see imperfections with what I do whether I win or lose. I always find something that I can improve on. It is both a good and a bad thing. It is a way of always improving by finding small details that you did wrong that can be worked on. Don’t be really negative about them but be conscious of them and try as much as you can to be as perfect as possible during the race. If you’re not strong enough to win the race then you know you’ve done everything you can to get the best possible result out of yourself.”

Results

2020
1 Bretagne Classic Ouest-France
2 Paris - Nice Stage 6
3 Milano-Sanremo
4 Tirreno-Adriatico Mountains Classification
6 Paris - Nice Points Classification
7 Paris - Nice Stage 4 (ITT)
10 Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 8 (ITT)
14 Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 1
17 Tirreno-Adriatico Points Classification
19 Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 2
2019
1 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
1 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 2
1 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 6
1 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Points Classification
2 Tour de France Stage 3
2 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 5
2 Tour de Suisse Stage 4
3 Tour de Suisse Individual Time Trial
4 Tour de France Team Time Trial
4 De Brabantse Pijl La Flèche Brabançonne
2018
1 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
1 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
1 Tour de Romandie Prologue
1 Binck Bank Tour Stage 7
2 Tour de Suisse Team Time Trial
2 Binck Bank Tour
2 Eschborn-Frankfurt
2 Tour de Suisse Points Classification
2 World Championships TTT
2 Tour de Suisse Stage 4