Australian Michael Matthews told Dutch publication WielerFlits he wants to be a more attacking racer, starting with tomorrow night's Amstel Gold race, streaming here and broadcast on SBS Viceland.
Matthews' declaration comes in response to Philippe Gilbert's criticism of his "waiting" at De Brabantse Pijl where the Australian finished 11th ahead of Gilbert in 15th.
Bling dismissed the Belgian's criticism.
"It's easy for Gilbert to talk, he had three teammates in the escape and then some in the peloton. I had to do everything alone and I knew when he attacked I had to follow. If I left, he would come behind me and stay in my wheel. So I did not have any options."
And yet it seemed the newly crowned Tour of Flanders champion may have touched a nerve or two, the Canberran saying he wanted to vary his tactics.
"I'd love to be an attacking rider like van Avermaet or Gilbert. Change some ingrained habits and not sit and wait for the sprint."
Matthews has derived confidence from his stage win at the Tour of Basque country two weeks ago, his first win in nine months and the first for his new team. There he was supported by a sick Simon Geschke, but for Amstel Gold will also count on Wilco Kelderman.
Matthews also told WielerFlits the absence of the Cauberg in the finale is unlikely to change the race.
"I don't think it'll change the race too much, honestly. It is interesting (though) because nobody knows what's going to happen and where to attack.
"Of course it's also possible everyone else is waiting for it. But I want to make it a hard race."