Michael Matthews: We got jumped a little bit in Vuelta a España sprint

Michael Matthews rolls across stage 12 finish in third place
Michael Matthews rolls across stage 12 finish in third place (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A huge collective effort by Team BikeExchange to pull in a dangerous late break and fight for victory in stage 12 of the Vuelta a España fell maddeningly short at the final post on Thursday.

With the break reeled in and the hardest of the spadework seemingly done, the Australian squad’s plan unravelled in an instant when their sprinter Michael Matthews was successfully ambushed by EF Education-Nippo duo Jens Keukeleire and the winner of the day Magnus Cort within metres of the line. 

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