Michael Matthews out of Tour de France

In an instant Michael Matthews had his dream of riding the Tour de France ripped from him. After being so thrilled with his selection to the Orica GreenEdge team to ride the Tour de France, Michael Matthews lost it all in one training accident.

The 23 year-old from Canberra fell heavily on a raining ride only days away from fulfilling his dream. He suffered serious cuts and abrasions along his left arm and leg and required six stitches to his hand. Team doctors felt it would be in neither Michael’s nor the team’s interests to allow him to compete.

Michael Matthews. Photo: www.new.com.au

Michael Matthews. Photo: www.new.com.au

A shattered Michael Matthews had no choice but to accept their decision.

Matthews departure opens the way for Canadian flyer, and team mate, Christian Meier. Witin hours of the doctor’s assessment Meier recievded his call up and was on an aeroplane from Vancouver to England.” It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said a still clearly reeling Meier, “it has been a little bit of a whirlwind 24 hours.”

Meier felt awful for his teammate Matthews, but is seizing his chance to ride the great race nonetheless. “It’s every bike rider’s dream to do the Tour de France one day and it’s unbelievable that it is happening.”

Matthew’s departure is the latest in a series of upsets to the preparation of the Orica GreenEdge team. The latest being the loss of Daryl Impey last week. Impey failed a doping test and was instantly dropped. Impey made history last year when he became the African to wear the Tour’s leader’s yellow jersey.

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