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“It’s really nice to be back on the bike and feel like a professional rider again after the Tour de France and not really being able to animate the race."

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MICHAEL MATTHEWS

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04.09.2015 @ 02:11 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

2015 Paris-Nice green jersey winner Michael Matthews has returned to the winners list, sprinting to a narrow victory on stage two of the Tour of Alberta.

 

The Canadian stage race marks a return to racing for Matthews, who completed his debut Tour de France with broken ribs in July.

 

The 24-year-old benefited from the heavy effort of his ORICA-GreenEDGEteammates in the closing stages of the race, firstly to shut down a late breakaway attempt and then in the final lead out.

 

After yesterday’s narrow defeat in the team time trial, bonus seconds from today’s victory move Matthews into the overall lead by ten seconds from Marco Coledan (Trek Factory Racing).

 

“It’s really nice to be back on the bike and feel like a professional rider again after the Tour de France and not really being able to animate the race,” Matthews said.

 

“We didn’t quite nail the team time trial yesterday so we didn’t have ambitions to help Trek during the stage.  We played our cards on hoping they would bring the break back and from about five kilometres to go we took control of the bunch.

 

“From then on it was just perfection really, the guys totally nailed it. We had a plan and they really executed it, even with the twisty roads and a lot of rain.

 

“I wouldn’t say I was flying but it was my first opportunity to open up in a sprint like that in a while. It was little bit foreign but I just had to take the confidence in my form at the moment.”

 

Sport director Dave McPartland credited the way the team handled and bounced back from a disappointing narrow loss yesterday.

 

“It’s a credit to all of the guys how quickly they turned things around and knuckled down today,” McPartland said. ”They pulled off one of the best lead outs they have done and they got the reward they deserve.

 

“It was a pretty clear and simple plan and it went to plan today. We had numbers in the finish and they were able to execute really well.”

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