Michael Matthews 'feeling better and better' in build-up to Tour of Flanders

Michael Matthews at Gent-Wevelgem
Michael Matthews in action at Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Images)

After a promising sixth place finish on his debut two years ago, Michael Matthews returns to the Tour of Flanders at the head of a BikeExchange squad that helped to force the key split at last weekend’s Gent-Wevelgem.

Matthews had Jack Bauer, Luka Mezgec and Rob Stannard for company in the reduced group that formed with 180km still to race. The Australian proceeded to make the final selection over the Kemmelberg but, stricken with cramp, he could only manage fifth in a seven-man sprint won by Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).

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