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

 

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.

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

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.”

Results

2019
1 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 2
1 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 6
1 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Points Classification
2 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 5
3 Tour de Suisse Individual Time Trial
4 De Brabantse Pijl La Flèche Brabançonne
4 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 1
6 Tour de Suisse Stage 2
6 Ronde van Vlaanderen Tour des Flandres
8 La Flèche Wallonne
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
2017
1 Vuelta al Pais Vasco Stage 1
1 Tour de Suisse Stage 3
1 Tour de France Stage 14
1 Tour de France Stage 16
1 World Championships TTT
1 Tour de France Points Classification
2 Vuelta al Pais Vasco Stage 4
2 Tour de France Stage 3
2 Vuelta al Pais Vasco Points Classification
3 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic