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Michael Matthews says he and fellow Australian cycling star Simon Gerrans have cleared up their differences after the world road championships.
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Cycling Central

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AAP
23 Oct 2015 - 5:42 AM 

Michael Matthews is adamant he and fellow Australian cycling star Simon Gerrans have resolved their differences after last month's world road championships.

Matthews capped his stellar season by finishing second behind Slovakian Peter Sagan in the men's elite road race.

It was the first time the 25-year-old had the honour of leadership in the strong Australian men's team.

But Matthews was disappointed that he and Gerrans, silver medallist at last year's worlds, were joint leaders in the team.

Gerrans finished sixth and Matthews felt they were sprinting against each other at the finish.

But Gerrans said it would not have mattered, noting Sagan was too strong.

Also in the washup from the worlds, Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen had concerns that it might lead to a rift between the Orica-GreenEDGE teammates.

Matthews said he and Gerrans did not let the issue linger.

"Obviously Sagan was the strongest rider in the race, so it's hard to take anything away from him," he told AAP.

"Between me and Gerro, it's all cleared up.

"I don't see any rift between me and Gerro - we're both racers, we're both winners.

"It's hard to say to one rider who we're riding for when the race suited us both.

"It's done, Sagan won the race and we need to move on."

Sagan leaves his best for last as Matthews claims silver
Peter Sagan put a frustrating season behind him to win the UCI Road World Championships elite men's road race in Richmond, Virginia.

Matthews and his wife Katrina are having a fortnight in Australia before returning to their Monaco home base.

He will soon be a groomsman at the wedding of fellow Australian cyclist Richie Porte.

It is the first time in two years that Matthews has been home - he spent all of last summer's off-season in Europe.

The move paid massive dividends, with Matthews enjoying the best season of his booming career.

The rider known as "Bling" led the Giro d'Italia as well as winning a stage and scored podium finishes as the Milan-Sanremo and Amstel Gold classics.

That led to team management giving Matthews a leadership role at the worlds - a huge vote of confidence given he is still a young rider.

"For my first opportunity that Australia gave me to be the lead rider ... it's quite an honour to have that role," he said.

"It was truly something special."

Matthews also showed his grit by finishing the Tour de France despite suffering fractured ribs in the horrific mass pileup during stage three.

"It was bigger than I was thinking at the time," he said.

"What's going through your head at the time is `I just want to pull out and go home and just feel sorry for myself'.

"With the team pushing me to get through the race, it was probably one of the biggest things I've done in cycling - more than results.

"I showed I can push myself through 10 walls of pain."