Michael Matthews takes surprise win in Paris-Nice prologue; Geraint Thomas seventh

Orica-GreenEdge's Michael Matthews gets his season off to a flyer, winning the prologue of Paris-Nice on his first day of racing in 2016

Michael Matthews wins the prologue of the 2016 Paris-Nice (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) upset pre-stage favourite Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) by winning the Paris-Nice prologue by a single second in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

The Australian powered around the technical course, which included a sharp climb of around 200m near the finish, in 7-39 to set the best time and take the first yellow jersey of the race in what is his first race of the season.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.