Michael Matthews: Cobbled Classics misses provide Ardennes motivation

Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) comes in 21st at the Tour of Flanders 2021
Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) comes in 21st at the Tour of Flanders 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Tour of Flanders was far from the finish to the spring cobbled Classics Team BikeExchange were hoping for with Michael Matthews a long way from securing that elusive win, though there have been enough close calls in the season so far that the team has reason to hope the top-step could soon be within reach.

Matthews came sixth at Milan-San Remo and was fifth at Gent-Wevelgem after the Australian-based team were instrumental in the crucial split but cramps stymied the final sprint. Then, at the Tour of Flanders Matthews slipped back, well out of the fight for victory in 21st place, after he and his teammates were caught up in crashes and left out of position when the crucial attacks came.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Cyclingnews is the world's leader in English-language coverage of professional cycling. Started in 1995 by University of Newcastle professor Bill Mitchell, the site was one of the first to provide breaking news and results over the internet in English. The site was purchased by Knapp Communications in 1999, and owner Gerard Knapp built it into the definitive voice of pro cycling. Since then, major publishing house Future PLC has owned the site and expanded it to include top features, news, results, photos and tech reporting. The site continues to be the most comprehensive and authoritative English voice in professional cycling.