Michael Matthews tops off an impressive season by finishing 14th in the World Championships road race.
Matthews had never made to the end of the road race after not finishing the 2012 and 2013 World Championships but this year the Australian rode well for his country and his fellow teammate Simon Gerrans made it onto the podium.
Gerrans was part of a group including Alejandro Valverde who attempted to reel in eventual winner Michal Kwiatkowski but ended up fighting each other for the medal places.
The Orica-GreenEdge rider finished on top crossing the line in second place to claim the silver medal.
Matthews was waiting for the leader's to be caught so he could take part in a bunch sprint at the end but it never materialised. Matthews would have been hard to beat if it had come down to a sprint.
A good ride
The 24 year old explained the Australian teams plan and he believes the team rode really well together.
According to Cycling News, Matthews said: "The idea was for Gerro [Simon Gerrans] to go with the attack over the final climb, with the guys like [Alejandro] Valverde, and for me to wait for the sprint."
"For me I was hoping it could come back together and I could go for the sprint, but in the end one guy [Kwiatkowski] stayed away and Gerro got the best place possible.
"I think it was a really good ride from the whole team, we all did our job, what we planned to do. Then Gerro had to go for it, not quite for the win, but he got second."
The Orica-GreenEdge rider has had an excellent year picking up stage wins in the Giro d'Italia (Stage one and six), the Vuelta a Espana (stage three) and finishing first overall in the Vuelta a La Rioja.
Matthews also wore the leader's jersey's in both the Vuelta and the Giro.
The Australian admitted he found the race fairly comfortable and thinks that is down to the events he raced in as preparation for the Worlds.
"I didn't find it too bad, it was quite safe actually, all the riders didn't take too many risks, there weren't any bad crashes, I think everybody was quite respectful to each other and took it easy when there was dangerous conditions."
High calibre racing
"The climbing didn't really faze me, the Tour of Poland and the Vuelta was good preparation for here and the climbs didn't even hurt me at all, the acceleration from the pure climbers hurt a little bit but other than that it was fine."
"It's my first elite World Championships that I've been in at the finish so it's really good for me to be in this calibre of race."
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