Matthews to return for cycling classic

Australian cycling star Michael Matthews will return to racing in Italy after being sidelined since late last month because of a race fall.

Michael Matthews.

Team Sunweb have confirmed that Michael Matthews will return in the Milan-San Remo this weekend. (AAP)

Australian cycling star Michael Matthews will return to racing in the Milan-San Remo this weekend, three weeks after a shoulder fracture.

Team Sunweb have confirmed that Matthews will lead their squad in Saturday's race, traditionally the first big one-day classic of the season.

He crashed during the February 24 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium and had to pull out of the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race.

"He has been able to do some high-quality training in the past week, with tolerable pain levels and we are confident he's ready to race again on Saturday," the team said in a statement.

Milan-San Remo, the first of the five big annual one-day races known as cycling's monuments, is a major career goal for Matthews.

The reigning Australian cyclist of the year was third in the race three years ago.


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Published 15 March 2018 at 6:58am
Source: AAP