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by Shane Stokes
June 13, 2016
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Chris Froome wins the Critérium du Dauphiné; Cancellara and Sagan triumphant on opening weekend of the Tour de Suisse; Jolien D’hoore takes third consecutive Flanders Diamond Tour; Groenewegen quicker than Griepel in the Rund um Köln; Dehaes beats Boonen to win Ronde van Limburg; Porte blames near-crash for drop from second to fourth overall; Bardet celebrates second overall in race; Contador insists he’s still on course for top form in the Tour de France; Giant-Alpecin leading race to sign Matthews; Gesink crashes out of Tour de Suisse; Two Wanty Groupe Gobert riders withdraw from Dauphiné over cortisol values; Suspected bike thief lassoed by Oregon cowboy; Martyn Ashton shrugs off paralysis to shine on the Fort William downhill course; Tour de Suisse 2016 Prologue: Onboard highlights; Alaphilippe shows off his skillz
He’s been part of the Orica-GreenEdge setup for the past four years but it appears that Michael Matthews may be moving elsewhere for the 2017 season. According to Cycling Central, the 25 year old Australian is being chased by several teams, with Giant-Alpecin leading the hunt.
His agent Dries Smets wasn’t giving away much this week. “The only thing that I can firmly say concerning Michael is that there are obviously, for a top rider like him, several teams interested,” he stated. “All options, staying or leaving, are still open at this moment.
“With the Tour de Suisse (underway) and the Tour de France around the corner, Michael has chosen to focus on these sports goals before taking any decisions regarding his future.”
According to Cycling Central, Giant-Alpecin wouldn’t comment but it is thought that it is particularly keen to sign the former under 23 world road race champion. Current sprinter John Degenkolb is thought to be leaving the team and Matthews could slot into the same role.
The Australian has notched up two stage wins in the Giro d’Italia plus three in the Vuelta a España.
Click through to read more at Cycling Central.