Michael Matthews misses Tour de France due to training crash injury

Michael 'Bling' Matthews will not start Tour de France for Orica-GreenEdge, replaced by Christian Meier

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Michael Matthews will not make his debut at the Tour de France due to injuries sustained as a result of a training crash on Tuesday in Monaco. The Australian will be replaced by Canadian Christian Meier in Orica-GreenEdge's line-up.

Matthews, who wore the pink jersey and won a stage at the Giro d'Italia, fell while training in Monaco before leaving to join his team in Leeds.

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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.