Michael Matthews rues another Milan-San Remo miss

Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) before the start of Milan-San Remo
Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) before the start of Milan-San Remo (Image credit: Getty Images)

This was the year that Michael Matthews thought Milan-San Remo would be his. A return to Team BikeExchange, focussed training and building form had left the 30 year-old-rider convinced he could beat the odds, which were all in favour of a win from Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) or Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep). 

Unfortunately for Matthews it was another rider – Jasper Stuyven (Trek Segafredo) – that pulled off the upset. For the Australian it was a few steps backwards after last year’s third place, not a journey up the steps of the podium where he has twice stood at the end of the race.

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