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Michael Matthews: I didn’t need Tour de France to be in form for Worlds road race

Michael Matthews: I didn't need Tour de France to be in form for Worlds road race

Sunweb’s Michael Matthews wins the 2020 Bretagne Classic-Ouest France Michael Matthews will co-lead the Australian national team for the elite men’s road race at the…

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Sunweb’s Michael Matthews wins the 2020 Bretagne Classic-Ouest France Michael Matthews will co-lead the Australian national team for the elite men’s road race at the World Championships in Imola, Italy, alongside Richie Porte on Sunday , and believes that despite what he describes as a "very selective course" – and despite not having ridden this year’s Tour de France – he can be competitive and in the running for a medal.

Matthews was a surprise non-inclusion to his Sunweb trade team’s squad for this year’s Tour de France, and will instead aim for stage wins at the Giro d’Italia when he lines up for the Italian Grand Tour on Saturday, October 3.

First, however, the Australian will take on what is a hilly, 258.2km Worlds road race on Sunday, featuring two climbs on each of the nine 28.8km laps, starting and finishing on Imola’s famous motor-racing circuit.

"It’s a very selective course, that’s for sure," Matthews told Cyclingnews on Saturday. "The roads are narrow, and it’s consistently tough. It’s going to be a hard day out on the bike, for sure. It’s hard to say if it suits me or not; I’m just going to need good legs on the day to make it through a circuit like this. Porte and Matthews to lead Australia at World Championships road race 10 riders to watch at the 2020 elite men’s World Championships road race Transfer Mechanics: Tour de France snub helped pave way for Matthews’ return to Mitchelton-Scott

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