Sunweb agree to release Michael Matthews from contract at the end of this season

PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 25 Arrival Michael Matthews of Australia and Team Sunweb Celebration Soigneur during the 84th Bretagne Classic OuestFrance 2020 a 2478km race from Plouay to Plouay GrandPrixPlouay GPPlouay on August 25 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Michael Matthews (Sunweb) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Michael Matthews will leave Sunweb at the end of this season after reaching an agreement to rescind his contract with the team a year before its expiration. The 29-year-old has yet to confirm his new team for 2021.

The Australian becomes the fourth high-profile rider to negotiate an early departure from Iwan Spekenbrink’s team in recent seasons after Marcel Kittel, Warren Barguil and Tom Dumoulin all left the German-registered outfit before the end of their contracts.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.