https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sportal_com_au/1d/f6/michael-matthews_f10tb4k5ipkx157zmmr0zflgh.jpg?t=-797976413&w=500&quality=80 Australian sprinter Michael Matthews finished third at Milan-San Remo overnight, but the result was bittersweet after he suffered an incident on the Poggio descent that stopped him going with the race-winning move.
Belgian star Wout van Aert won a two-man sprint in front France’s Julian Alaphilippe, with Matthews leading the bunch home two seconds later.
The victory is van Aert’s second in a week after his powerful win at Strade Bianche seven days ago.
Defending champion Alaphilippe made the decisive break on the Poggio climb with just over 6km to race, with van Aert closing the gap on the descent.
Speaking after the race, Matthews said tried to go with the pair off the front, but was forced into a wall on the side of the road and badly scraped his hand.
"Everything was going really well," Matthews said afterwards.
"Got to the Cipressa and got to the Poggio in great shape. The team delivered me really well to both climbs."I had super legs like I was dreaming about on the Poggio. I went to attack, but I got put into the wall and took off most of the skin on my hand."He said his chances of winning were snuffed out just as he launched his move."On the second part of the Poggio, I went to attack," he said."There were a couple of other guys in front of me who were also attacking and I wanted to go. But then the door closed in front of me and I went against the wall. I […]