Michael Matthews signs new deal with Orica-GreenEdge

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Michael Matthews signs a new contract with Orica-GreenEdge which will keep him at the Australian team until the end of the 2016 season.

Matthews has had a great season so far this year and he will be hoping to challenge the best riders at the Vuelta a Espana.

The 23 year old won two stages of the Vuelta last year and with the form he has shown over the last few months there is no reason why he can't win more stages at the race this time around.

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The Australian was supposed to ride the Tour de France but after a training crash in Moncao before the race he wasn't able to take part. He did take part in the Giro d'Italia though where Orica-GreenEdge had a very successful race.

Matthews won two stages of the race, an individual stage and the team time trial. He also wore the pink jersey for six days.

The Orica-GreenEdge rider believes the Australian team is the right choice for him and thinks he can improve on his results this year.

According to Cycling Weekly, Matthews said: “For me this is the perfect team and I wouldn’t think of going anywhere else. I feel really comfortable in the team and my results are speaking for that.”

“I have still got a big year ahead of me now, but I am looking forward to the next two years and hopefully trying to step it up again with more wins.”

White praises Matthews

Sports Director Matt White praises Matthews and believes he can get better in the coming seasons.

White said: “Michael is a winner and an extraordinary talent on the bike. This year, he’s accomplished a lot and I think we’re yet to see the full scope of what he’s capable of.

“What we saw at the Giro is just another example of how he continues to take massive steps in his career on this team. He’s a very serious athlete and with the support we can give him, he will be able to make the most of his efforts.”

Orica finished third in the team time trial in the first stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Saturday but only sit six seconds behind the leader's jersey.

Matthews could be challenging his teammate Adam Yates for stage wins as both riders are looking to impress after having successful seasons, but with Yates set to only race for two weeks Matthews may have more of a chance.

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