Yellow jersey clad Matthews still targeting a Paris-Nice stage win

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Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) began his first race of the season targeting a stage win and said that the objective remains unchanged even after he took the overall lead at Paris-Nice thanks to bonus time gained in intermediate sprints and a third place on the finish line.

"I think we've worked really well the last two days, which has paid off with the yellow jersey. Hopefully, we can add to that with a stage win, which was the main goal for Paris-Nice. We'll continue to fight and it looks like we'll have another opportunity in a couple of days," said the Australian following the yellow jersey presentation.

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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).