Transfer Mechanics: Tour de France snub helped pave way for Matthews' return to Mitchelton-Scott

Michael Matthews will return to Mitchelton-Scott four years after leaving the Australian team (Image credit: Getty Images)

Two months ago, the notion of Michael Matthews returning to Mitchelton-Scott was unthinkable. 

The future of the Australian WorldTour team looked uncertain due to financial pressures and the failed takeover talks with the Manuela Foundation lead to a senior management change. Rider budgets were already being squeezed with substantial pay cuts enforced during the COVID-19 lockdown. With the pressure of trying to keep both Yates brothers, the team were on the lookout for modest additions to their roster rather than star quality. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at 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.