Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 5, 2016

In Friday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Morton repeats Utah stage win a year later; Gonçalves impresses in Portugal sprint; Van Poppel doubles wins in Burgos; Why the Tour of California’s move to WorldTour could be bad for US cycling; ‘Dream signing’ Michael Matthews confirmed by Giant-Alpecin; Preview: What you need to know about the men’s road race at the Rio Olympics; Dennis crashes on Rio course recon; Roche: A fourth Tour win for Froome will be complicated; Contador testing climbing legs in Burgos attack; AG2R La Mondiale signs Naesen and Vandenbergh for two seasons; Kluge signs with ORICA-BikeExchange; Davis Phinney’s ’84 Olympics bike and the golden dream that almost was; Study: Bicycle laws, infrastructure marginalizes poor; Drink developed for military boosts cycling performance; Five Crazy Moments in Olympic Cycling History; Wiggins set for final Olympic chapter – part two; Queensland state velodrome construction time-lapse

‘Dream signing’ Michael Matthews confirmed by Giant-Alpecin

by VeloClub

Moving to replace a departing John Degenkolb, the Giant-Alpecin has signed a younger rider who is also strong in uphill sprint finishes and who has big Classic potential.

The Dutch team has inked a three year deal with Australian Michael Matthews, who described himself as very happy with the move.

“I have always admired the way the team approaches the sport as a team sport,” said Matthews on Tuesday. “The stronger and the better we can have the team as a collective operate and perform, the better the opportunities for success the leaders have for the finales of races.

“I am confident that I will be able to get the best out of myself both as a rider and as an individual. The team is already used to working for dedicated leaders in various types of races and has proven that strategy with great results in the biggest races on the calendar. That’s the process which I want to help strengthen and where I want to be a part of and contribute to, and I am very much looking forward to joining the team.”

Matthews raced with Orica-GreenEdge for four seasons but on several occasions in the past, there have been apparent rivalries with teammate Simon Gerrans. His comment about a strong collective may be a reference to this; certainly, team CEO Iwan Spekenbrink said that Matthews’ development and backing will be a major priority for the squad.

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