Matthews and Gerrans fail to make joint leadership work at World Championships

Second placed Michael Matthews said he would have liked the full backing of the team after sprinting against Australian teammate Simon Gerrans

Michael Matthews in the 2015 Mens World Road Championships

(Image credit: Watson)

Australians Simon Gerrans and Michael Matthews clashed over team leadership and responsibilities following the World Championships on Sunday in Richmond, USA with Matthews saying that the pair raced against each other.

Matthews won the bunch sprint for the silver medal behind solo winner, Peter Sagan (Slovakia). His position was the same that Gerrans achieved last year in Ponferrada Spain behind Polish winner Michal Kwiatkowski. Gerrans yesterday placed sixth in the same group as Matthews.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.