Recent Tour de France stage 14 winner Michael Matthews will remain at Team BikeExchange-Jayco, having agreed to a three-year contract extension that will see him race with the team until the end of 2025.
The news comes as Team Owner Gerry Ryan confirms his commitment to both the men’s and women’s WorldTour teams for a further three seasons, having supported the organisation since its inception in 2012, creating Australia’s first ever team competing at the highest level in the UCI WorldTour.
Matthews, a former Tour de France Green Jersey Winner, spent four years with the Australian outfit from 2013 to 2017, where he won stages in all three Grand Tours, before returning to the team in 2021 with more experience and motivation than ever, as displayed in his gutsy TDF stage win last week.
The 31-year-old Australian has transformed as a rider over the years and with this versatile skillset, GreenEDGE Cycling is thrilled to have him on-board as one of the team leaders, as it looks to build into its second decade.
Gerry Ryan – Team Owner
“Michael is a key part of GreenEDGE Cycling and he has shown this year at the Tour de France how he has grown as a rider and can fight for victories in many different types of races, while also committing to his teammates when needed. The victory just a few days ago, with that type of performance, he displayed to us once again that he is one of the best riders in the peloton and we are extremely pleased to see him continue. He will of course be one of the leaders of our team, which I am happy to announce that we will support for the coming three years.
It is special for us to have Michael Matthews along with Simon Yates and Dylan Groenewegen as our team leaders, but of course our goal is also to continue to bring in young talent and help them grow into champions. I am sure many young riders would love to work together with these riders and learn from their experience.
Of course, the same goes for our women’s team. The Giro Donne and the season so far has been quite special after a period of adjustments which was needed after so many years. We also have big plans in mind for our women’s squad and we are excited to follow the first ever Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift starting today. Women’s cycling has reached an extremely high level and we have been proud to support our women’s team since day one.
As we are in our second decade, we all work with more experience, but our energy and enthusiasm is as it was on day one. We are determined to keep growing as an organisation and thanks to the partners we have, we believe more great things will come for GreenEDGE Cycling in the next three years.”
Brent Copeland – General Manager
“We are very happy to be able to set up a strong base for the coming three years with such a strong riders list, led by Simon Yates and Michael Matthews with their renewals.
It was important for us to keep Matthews in the team, he is a great example for all team members, and we are confident he will deliver more great results but also inspire our younger riders; he is a great role model.
Being able to look ahead and plan the next three years is fantastic for our organisation and we have to thank Team Owner Gerry Ryan, who has committed to giving us all this opportunity. We are building the future for GreenEDGE Cycling and this is of course for both our men’s and women’s teams. We see a very bright future and we are excited to see what we can continue to achieve together.”
Michael Matthews – 2023 to 2025 Contract Renewal
“First of all, I want to say thanks to Gerry Ryan, it has been amazing to be able to come back to this team and the support I have been given these past two years has been great. Team BikeExchange-Jayco is evolving, getting stronger and stronger every year, and I can’t wait to carry on the success we are having at the moment.
This team for me is really a family, I am now 31 and obviously in the prime of my career with the best legs I have ever had since I started racing and I want to show the world, the team and Gerry what I am made of. I can’t wait to continue this journey for the next three years.
I have known Gerry since I was 17 years old and he always backed me 110% during my career, and I am of course always ready to give my best to repay his and the team’s trust in me. We always want to achieve new goals, make sure we build a better team year after year, and I can’t wait to achieve more success that we deserve.”
Date of Birth: 26th September (31)
New Contract: 2023, 2024, 2025
4x 1st Tour de France stage victories (2016, 2017, 2022)
3x 1st Vuelta a España stage victories (2013, 2014)
2x 1st Giro d’Italia stage victories (2015, 2014)
1st Tour de France Point Jersey Classification (2017)
1st Bretagne Ouest Classic
1st GP Montreal
3x Paris-Nice stage victories (2015, 2016)
2nd World Championship Road Race (2015)
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