Michael Matthews will skip Tour de France: "I can't wait to cheer on my teammates"

Michael Matthews will not take on this year's Tour de France. The Australian Jayco-AlUla rider turned down all the rumours surrounding his start in the race in a recent post via his social media.

"After great memories in 2022, I will not ride the Tour this year. I can't wait to cheer on my teammates," said Matthews, who has already won a stage at Giro d'Italia this year.

32-year old Matthews has already seven Tour de France participations in the books, including four stage wins (the last from 2022) and a green jersey from 2017, but won't add any other this year.

Matthews' future programme is still uncertain, although La Vuelta a España seems to be a viable option. Jayco AlUla is expected to focus on sprints with Dylan Groenewegen and GC with Simon Yates at the upcoming Tour de France.

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