Michael Matthews: Riding for BikeExchange feels like coming back home

SAINTCYRLECOLE FRANCE MARCH 07 Michael Matthews of Australia and Team BikeExchange during the 79th Paris Nice 2021 Stage 1 a 166km stage from SaintCyrlEcole to SaintCyrlEcole ParisNice on March 07 2021 in SaintCyrlEcole France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Michael Matthews of Team BikeExchange in the peloton on stage 1 of Paris-Nice (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Five months after his four-year spell with Team Sunweb came to a premature end with a false positive test for COVID-19 in the middle of the Giro d’Italia, Michael Matthews described himself as “super happy” to be making his first appearance for Team BikeExchange at Paris-Nice.

The eight-day race is his first since rejoining the Australian team, where he spent four successful seasons earlier in his career.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).