i showed what i’m capable of, says binckbank tour final stage winner michael matthews

17:00    20 Aug 2018

Australian rider Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb
Australian cyclist Michael Matthews won the final stage of the 2018 BinckBank Tour in Geraardsbergen, Belgium over the weekend.

The Team Sunweb team member produced a rasping uphill sprint to overhaul Greg Van Avermaet after three fraught laps of circuit that included the Muur and the Bosberg.

Ultimately, Matthews claimed his second victory of the season, and his first in a road race.

"I finally showed that I still am capable of winning with all the setbacks I've had with my shoulder and being sick and having crashes all through the season," Matthews said on the Cycling News website.

"I had no results, but it wasn't because I had really bad legs, I was just unlucky. This week I've tried to switch my head around, stay focused and finish it off with a good result, whether it was me or Søren Kragh Andersen.

“To come out and win the sprint today after Søren sacrificed himself for me to bring that breakaway back is the icing of the cake. For the team to believe in me, to believe that I can still win, it’s really special."

The 27-year-old cyclist, who won the 2010 Geelong - Under-23 road race, is looking forward to the upcoming cycling competitions.

"I’m a little bit emotional that it finally came true and I got that victory that I was looking for," he said.

"And next weekend, I have Plouay, then the Canadian races."

Catch the 2018 World Cycling show (Tour of Colorado) on Fox Sports 2 tonight (Monday, August 20) at 19h30 CAT.

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