Michael Matthews wins Australian Cyclist of the Year award
Nov 17 2017 02:13 pm CET

Michael Matthews wins Australian Cyclist of the Year award
Michael Matthews wins Australian Cyclist of the Year award
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MICHAEL MATTHEWS
TEAM SUNWEB

Team Sunweb's Michael Matthews has been proclaimed Australian Cyclist of the Year at the Cycling Australia awards in Melbourne.

After a successful season, in which Matthews won two Tour de France stages as well as the points classification, the 27-year-old took home no less than three awards. Apart from the Sir Hubert 'Oppy' Opperman Medal and Trophy for Australian Cyclist of the Year, he also claimed the Men's Road Cyclist of the Year and the People's Choice Award.

"It is a huge honour in Australia to win the Oppy. It is something I have been dreaming about since I became a cyclist," Matthews said according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It is an unreal feeling, I didn't think it would happen so soon, but it is a reminder for me that it was a big year for me and Australian cycling.

"It means a lot that I can be among other excellent Australian cyclists who have won this award."

Meanwhile, Katrin Garfoot won her third Female Road Cyclist of the Year awards in a row. The 36-year-old finished second at the road race of the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen in September, as well as claiming third at the time trial.
Photo of Michael Matthews (cropped) © Team Sunweb





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