Matthews forced into damage control in opening Suisse sprint

Michael Matthews (Sunweb)

Michael Matthews ( Team Sunweb ) finished a distant fourth on stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse after Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) launched an exceptionally long sprint that caught Matthews, and several other sprinters off-guard. The Colombian kicked for home with almost 300m to go before fading in the headwind to finish second behind world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Nathan Haas (Katusha Alpecin) took a creditable third, with Matthews a few meters back in fourth. The Sunweb team looked well placed coming into the final kilometre but when Gaviria hit out from distance he created a gap that Matthews was unable to close down. Sagan was soon on the Quick-Step rider’s wheel having initially followed Sunweb’s train, and the Paris-Roubaix winner came through to take his 16th stage win in the race. “For me personally, I was dead from the TTT. I came straight from altitude so I was ...

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