Matthews: I don't think too many riders could do what I've done in the last races

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) could barely turn the pedals over as he warmed down on a pavement on Vanackerstraat after Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, and he still wore a thousand-yard stare as he climbed unsteadily from his bike and made his way gingerly up the steps of the Sunweb team bus. It was that kind of an afternoon amid the cobbles and hills of west Flanders.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.