Michael Matthews ready to deliver after Dumoulin departure

Michael Matthews
Australia's Michael Matthews (right) at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

When Team Sunweb were left unable to fill the void created by Tom Dumoulin's departure, it quickly became apparent that the team would need the rest of their roster to step up and perform in 2020. 

While the squad's management will be expecting a collective effort, Michael Matthews is aware that most of the expectancy will be placed firmly on his shoulders. After Dumoulin, Matthews was always considered the team's next world-class performer, and while new recruit Tiesj Benoot will be afforded a certain amount of time and space, Matthews knows that he must hit the ground running next season.

However, speaking at the unveiling of the team's 2020 kit in Amsterdam on Tuesday, Matthews also told Cyclingnews that his responsibilities will run far deeper than just notching up wins.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.