• Michael Matthews celebrates his first Tour de France victory (AAP)Source: AAP
Matthews has inked a three year contract with the team after four years at Australian team Orica-BikeExchange.
Cycling Central

5 Aug 2016 - 9:25 AM 

"Bling" is looking forward to the move. 

“I am very happy with my transfer to Team Giant-Alpecin. I have always admired the way the team approaches the sport as a team sport; the stronger and the better we can have the team as a collective operate and perform, the better the opportunities for success the leaders have for the finales of races.

"I am confident that I will be able to get the best out of myself both as a rider and as an individual. The team is already used to working for dedicated leaders in various types of races and has proven that strategy with great results in the biggest races on the calendar. 

"That’s the process which I want to help strengthen and where I want to be a part of and contribute to, and I am very much looking forward to joining the team.”

At just 25, the Australian has already added some world class victories to his palmares. His achievements include:

  • 3 Vuelta a Espana stage wins
  • 2 Giro d'Italia stage wins 
  • 1 Tour de France stage win
  • 2nd at the 2015 World Championships
  • 3rd 2015 Amstel Gold 
  • 3rd 2015 Milan-San Remo

During this year's Tour de France, the team announced its signing of Sunweb as title sponsor from 2017. 

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