Michael Matthews moves to Giant-Alpecin
Aug 04 2016 07:37 pm CET

Michael Matthews moves to Giant-Alpecin
Michael Matthews moves to Giant-Alpecin

Australian Michael Matthews has signed a three year contract with Team Giant-Alpecin after spending four seasons at Orica-BikeExchange. The prolific rider is the first signing of the 2017 season for the team.

Throughout his career, Matthews has collected 25 victories as a professional including some at the three Grand Tours. He won three stages in the Vuelta a España, two in the Giro d'Italia and one in the last Tour de France. He has also been on the podium of the Amstel Gold Race, Milan-San Remo and the Brabantse Pijl, and finished second in the last world championships.

"I am very happy with my transfer to Team Giant-Alpecin. I have always admired the way the team approaches the sport as a team sport; the stronger and the better we can have the team as a collective operate and perform, the better the opportunities for success the leaders have for the finales of races. I am confident that I will be able to get the best out of myself both as a rider and as an individual," said the rider.

Matthews added: "The team is already used to working for dedicated leaders in various types of races and has proven that strategy with great results in the biggest races on the calendar. That's the process which I want to help strengthen and where I want to be a part of and contribute to, and I am very much looking forward to joining the team."

"We are extremely happy and proud to sign a rider like Michael. We have always set our standards high and been very ambitious with our objectives. Michael is a very talented rider and we are pleased that he has recognized the value of our approach to help him continue his development as a rider. Michael has the character and the will to integrate well with the team, and we are looking forward to working closely with him the next years," commented Iwan Spekenbrink, Giant-Alpecin's CEO.
Photo of Michael Matthews (cropped) by Orica-BikeExchange.



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