Michael Matthews bids farewell to Giro d'Italia lead

23-year-old Australian Michael Matthews says he's had an amazing week in the coveted maglia rosa

Michael Matthews after stage two of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

Michael Matthews waved good-bye and said "ciao" to the Giro d'Italia's race lead today but with it, gained useful experience. The 23-year-old Aussie lost the pink jersey when he finished 34 minutes and 19 seconds behind stage winner Diego Ulissi today.

"I'm sad to see the jersey go," he said, "but in the end, it's been an amazing week."

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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.