Michael Matthews makes his return to racing at Milano-Sanremo
Mar 14 2018 02:00 pm CET

Michael Matthews makes his return to racing at Milano-Sanremo
Michael Matthews makes his return to racing at Milano-Sanremo
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Michael Matthews makes his return to cycling at Milano-Sanremo after fracturing his shoulder in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The Australian will lead Sunweb at the Italian monument.

"The longest race of the spring classics, the 291-kilometre route is traditionally one for the sprinters with climbing capacities," said coach Marc Reef. "We go into the first Monument of the season with Michael as our team leader. We're happy he's back after fracturing his shoulder at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

"His fracture has been healing well and he has been able to do some high-quality training over the past week. Despite losing Simon as a key support rider with a fractured collarbone sustained during Tirreno Adriatico and Søren who's still struggling with sickness, we line up with a very strong team ready to tackle a tough final on Saturday."

To support the aspirations of Matthews the team will also include Tom Dumoulin, who has already recovered from the injuries sustained in a crash at Tirreno-Adriatico. "Also back in action after crashing out of Tirreno Adriatico is Tom, and he will be one of the key support riders for the final," explained Reef.

"Roy (Curvers) is our road captain and starts his seventh Milano-Sanremo, so we have an experienced guy to lead the team. After a really tough week, we remain positive and look forward to the first Monument of the season."

The complete line-up of Team Sunweb for Milano-Sanremo (17th of March):

Nikias Arndt
Roy Curvers
Tom Dumoulin
Lennard Kämna
Michael Matthews
Sam Oomen
Edward Theuns


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