Michael Matthews sails to victory on stage two of Volta a Catalunya 2019

The Australian was perfectly positioned on the final uphill sprint, taking an emphatic win

Michael Matthews wins stage two of the Volta a Catalunya 2019 (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Michael Matthews out-sprinted Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) to take his first win of 2019 on stage two of the Volta a Catalunya.

The Sunweb rider was patient on the final uphill run to the line, opening his sprint late and taking a clear victory.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.