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by Mark Zalewski
December 2, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chris Froome to start his 2017 season in Australia at Cadel’s Race and the Sun Tour; Gaimon begins retirement by hunting banned rider’s Strava KOMs; Paddy Bevin on his WorldTour debut: ‘I took a bit of a beating’; UCI and Wanda Sports sign partnership to transform cycling in China; Shane Sutton on short list for Cycling Australia high performance director job; Tom Veelers announced retirement due to ongoing knee injury; Why not Froome as BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year?; Peter Sagan Wins Velo D’Or; Hayman backs Matthews’ team move for green jersey aspirations; Wiggins listed on British Cycling’s 2017 podium programme; Cylance Pro Cycling names men’s roster; No Grand Départ for Portsmouth in 2019, but hopes for a future bid; Controversy brewing over grant for Irish government head’s cycling club; Colombian cycling photographer Horacio Gil Ochoa.
Paris-Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman supports his ORICA-BikeExchange teammate Michael Matthews’ move to the current Giant-Alpecin team in order to contend for the Tour de France green jersey. Mathews won his first Tour de France stage this year on stage 10.
Winners are grinners! Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) wins stage 10 of the 2016 Tour de France.
“Michael is very ambitious and one of the things he will probably want to have a go at is that green jersey at the Tour de France,” Hayman said.
The move coincides with the Australian team’s shift to be more of a general classification-oriented squad for the Grand Tours, supporting Colombian climber Esteban Chaves and Briton Adam Yates.
“I think that’s something burning inside him and probably at the moment this team [Orica-BikeExchange] isn’t the ideal fit for that with a number of young guys concentrating on [general classification].
“I think he’s moved there because the green jersey is something he wants to target and he’ll get full support. He’s an exciting prospect.”
Click through to read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.