Tour of Alberta
Stage 2: County of Grande Prairie - Stage Details

2015 Paris-Nice green jersey winner Michael Matthews has returned to the winners list, sprinting to a narrow victory on stage two of the Tour of Alberta.

The Canadian stage race marks a return to racing for Matthews, who completed his debut Tour de France with broken ribs in July.

The 24-year-old benefited from the heavy effort of his ORICA-GreenEDGEteammates in the closing stages of the race, firstly to shut down a late breakaway attempt and then in the final lead out.

After yesterday’s narrow defeat in the team time trial, bonus seconds from today’s victory move Matthews into the overall lead by ten seconds from Marco Coledan (Trek Factory Racing).

“It’s really nice to be back on the bike and feel like a professional rider again after the Tour de France and not really being able to animate the race,” Matthews said.

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 4:10:19
2 Nikias Arndt (GER) - Team Giant-Alpecin ST
3 Alexey Tsatevich (RUS) - Team Katusha ST
4 Travis McCabe (USA) - Team SmartStop ST
5 Sam Bennett (IRL) - Bora-Argon 21 ST
6 Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
7 Guillaume Boivin (CAN) - Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies ST
8 Logan Owen (USA) - Axeon Cycling ST
9 Miguel Bryon (USA) - Hincapie Racing Team ST
10 Jasper Bovenhuis (NED) - Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 4:10:19
6 Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
16 Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
30 Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
77 Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
80 Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
107 Jens Mouris (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:42
113 Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:09