Matthews scored the team's first win of the season for the second straight year. Last year he started with a win at Tour Down Under in Australia. Cor Vos photo.

Bling Scores First Win of the Year!

26 február 2012

Aussie sprinter Michael Matthews racked up the first victory of the season for Rabobank Sunday, winning the Clasica de Almeria in Spain. The 21-year-old survived the climbs of the tough 185.6km race and then won the bunch sprint on his Giant TCR Advanced SL.

The final climb of the day reduced the main field to just 55 riders, but Matthews had plenty of help from his teammates. Spaniard Luis León Sanchez started the team’s leadout and Matthews’ fellow Aussie Graeme Brown took over with 400 meters to go. Matthews came around him to take the win. 

“I felt strong and the team did a great job,” said Matthews. “When you get delivered like that it makes things a lot easier for a sprinter. This victory is good for morale. Not just the fact that I won, but the way I won." !