Canberra biking star Michael Matthews will lead Workforce Sunweb within the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as he begins his 2019 marketing campaign in Belgium on Sunday.
Sunweb coach Marc Reef anticipated Matthews to be a contender to win the Omloop, a race he crashed out of final yr.
The 28-year-old fractured his shoulder in final yr’s version – an damage that severely disrupted his season – however Reef was assured he could be within the combine for the win with the assistance of his teammates.
“We’ve got Michael as our chief within the opener of the Flemish Spring Traditional season at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this weekend,” Reef mentioned.
“We anticipate him to play a task within the remaining of the race, with the ultimate assist of each Casper [Pedersen] and Søren [Kragh Anderson], who confirmed his nice form this final week within the Algarve.
“Michael will take the expertise of final yr with him, the place sadly a crash took him out of the race after being within the first group main up in direction of the Muur [one of the iconic climbs in the race].”