Michael Matthews relishing upcoming mid-season break after 'roller-coaster spring'

The Australian has endured injury and illness throughout the Classics

Michael Matthews at the 2018 E3 Harelbeke (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Michael Matthews has navigated a mental minefield of a spring Classics campaign to stamp his first victory of the season on only 14 days of racing.

Robbed form caught-up with dogged determination in Matthews’ Tour de Romandie prologue win on Tuesday, the drive behind which should put marquee rivals on notice.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.