Michael Matthews: I didn't need Tour de France to be in form for Worlds road race

Sunweb's Michael Matthews wins the 2020 Bretagne Classic-Ouest France
Sunweb's Michael Matthews wins the 2020 Bretagne Classic-Ouest France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Michael Matthews will co-lead the Australian national team for the elite men's road race at the World Championships in Imola, Italy, alongside Richie Porte on Sunday, and believes that despite what he describes as a "very selective course" – and despite not having ridden this year's Tour de France – he can be competitive and in the running for a medal.

Matthews was a surprise non-inclusion to his Sunweb trade team's squad for this year's Tour de France, and will instead aim for stage wins at the Giro d'Italia when he lines up for the Italian Grand Tour on Saturday, October 3.

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