'More than I could ever dream of' - Michael Matthews on Giro d'Italia stage win in 'rollercoaster' season

Australian wins stage three ahead of Mads Pedersen

Michael Matthews
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Michael Matthews (Jayco-AlUla) won stage three in a reduced bunch sprint ahead of Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) and Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck).

Matthews finished off the job after his Jayco-AlUla took it upon themselves to shape the race. They’re fierce pace set on two climbs in the final 40km saw many sprinters jettisoned out of the peloton, including yesterday’s winner Jonathan Milan (Bahrain-Victorious) and Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan).

  1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Soudal-Quick Step in 10-18.29
  2. João Almeida (Por) UAE-Team Emirates, at 32s
  3. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, at 44s
  4. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ, at 46s
  5. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, at 58s
  6. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-hansgrohe, at same time
  7. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, at 1-02
  8. Michael Matthews (Aus) Jayco-AlUla, at same time
  9. Jay Vine (Aus) UAE-Team Emirates, at 1-08
  10. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo, at 1-18

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.