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Michael Matthews will not start Tour

  • By Spencer Powlison
  • Published Jul. 4, 2014
Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) won stage 6 of the 2014 Giro d'Italia. He will not start the Tour de France, due to a hand injury sustained in a training crash. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

One day prior to the start of the Tour de France, Orica-GreenEdge announced that Michael Matthews will not line up for the Grand Départ, having crashed while training earlier this week.

The 23-year-old Australian showed promise at the Giro d’Italia this year, wearing the pink jersey for six days and winning stage 6. However, his crash resulted in an injury to his left hand, which required six stitches.

Via Twitter, Matthews said, “Well that’s my Tour de France dream done. All the hard work gone. Dream shattered.”

In his place, 29-year-old Canadian Christian Meier will take the start Saturday in Leeds, England.

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Spencer Powlison

Spencer Powlison

When it comes to bike racing, Spencer is a jack-of-all-trades. He loves pinning on a number, whether it’s in a local criterium, a mountain bike enduro, a cyclocross national championship, or a gran fondo. Name any cycling discipline, and more likely than not, Spencer has ridden or raced it. He has been lucky enough to work in the bike industry for the majority of his adult life, from his time turning wrenches in a Vermont bike shop to his five-year tenure at the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

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