Matthews bounces back from retirement thoughts with Giro d'Italia stage win

MELFI ITALY MAY 08 Michael Matthews of Australia and Team Jayco AlUla celebrates at podium as stage winner during the 106th Giro dItalia 2023 Stage 3 a 213km stage from Vasto to Melfi 532m UCIWT on May 08 2023 in Melfi Italy Photo by Stuart Franklin Getty Images
Michael Matthews (Jayco-AlUla) celebrates on the podium after winning stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Giro d'Italia stage 3 winner Michael Matthews let out a huge shout of joy as he crossed the finish line in first place in Melfi, but as the Australian explained later, his latest victory, and there are plenty of them, had been no ordinary triumph for him.

As recently as a fortnight before starting the Giro d'Italia, Matthews, 32, had been entertaining thoughts of retirement, he told reporters afterwards, after a very tough start to the season.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.