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.
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.