Paris - Nice
Prologue: Maurepas - Stage Details

Multiple Grand Tour stage winner Michael ‘Bling’ Matthews has opened his 2015 racing season with a top ten performance today, finishing eighth in a packed time-trial field at Paris-Nice.

Matthews finished just 12seconds adrift the 6.7km prologue winner, Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx – Quick Step), who stopped the clock at seven minutes 40seconds.

In a field stacked with some of the best time trial riders in the world the 24-year-old took some big name scalps, including world time trial champion Bradley Wiggins and Australian champion Ritchie Porte (Team Sky) who finished 12th and 13th respectively.

Sport director Laurenzo Lapage was impressed but not surprised with the 2014 Vuelta Ciclista a La Roija champion’s season debut.

“He was really strong, especially when you think it was his first race of the season,” Lapage said of Matthews.

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) - Etixx - Quick-Step 0:07:40
2 Rohan Dennis (AUS) - BMC Racing Team 0:07:40
3 Tony Martin (GER) - Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:07
4 Luis Leon Sanchez (SPA) - Astana Pro Team 0:00:10
5 Lars Boom (NED) - Astana Pro Team 0:00:10
6 John Degenkolb (GER) - Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:10
7 Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) - IAM Cycling 0:00:10
8 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:12
9 Tom Dumoulin (NED) - Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:13
10 Geraint Thomas (GBR) - Team Sky 0:00:14
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
8 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:12
72 Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:32
93 Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:36
105 Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:38
108 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:39
114 Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:40
117 Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:41
119 Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:41