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14 December 2018

  • Matthews to make long-awaited Tour of Flanders debut in 2019

    Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) will finally make his Tour of Flanders debut in 2019, setting the Belgian Monument as the focal point of a spring campaign that will feature an almost-complete set of cobbled Classics.

    Matthews finished second at the under-23 Tour of Flanders in 2010 but, curiously, has yet to tackle the pro race. Despite an appearance at Gent-Wevelgem as a neo-pro in 2011, his springs have largely revolved around Milan-San Remo and then the hillier Ardennes Classics, rather than the cobbles and bergs of northern Belgium.

    However, 2017 saw a shift in direction, as the Australian rode Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem to test the waters, before lining up a fuller schedule of cobbles, including Flanders, for 2018. That was ultimately derailed by a shoulder injury suffered in a crash at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in late February, but Matthews will have his shot in 2019.


    "I'm really interested in Flanders this year. I haven't done the pro one before. I was 2nd in the U23s, so I've got good memories. I know the pro event is totally different, but I'm really excited about it," Matthews told Cyclingnews in Calpe, Spain, where he's currently on a training camp with Sunweb.

    "I've had a look at the course, which is a big step forward to know what I'm in for, but I'm actually just super excited to race it. I've been trying to race it for the last few years, but have never been able to with preparation for the Ardennes and the Tour of the Basque Country."

    Matthews will still ride all three Ardennes classics – Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège – in 2019, having finished third at Amstel in 2015 and fourth at Liège in 2017. However, the cobbled races have been identified as the races where he has the biggest chance of success.

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The Ferryhill Wheelers C.C. Annual General Meeting will take place at 8.00pm on Monday December 5th at the Catholic Club Dean Road Ferryhill DL17 8ET.

Twenty two riders left from the Gretna on a cold, but dry morning.

Fourteen riders were doing the 100 mile ride and eight riders were doing the 100 km distance.They were joined by another group at Darlington. 

Ray Johnson, Rob Liddell Daniel Simpson and Shaun Wakes came back from the 100 km ride in 4 hours 14 minutes, including a cafe stop at Rootz.

Followed by Derrick Cook and Trevor Corner in 4 hours 36 minutes.

First back on the 100 mile ride was James Alder, Cycleways SG Petch,  in 5 hours 40 minutes followed 15 seconds later by Henry Johnson, Cycleways SG Petch.

Mark Hansom Ferryhill Wheelers was the third rider home in 5 hours 53 minutes.

Other ferryhill riders to complete the course were Gert Gammelin, John Marshall, Gary Taylor and Carl Mustill. Keith Birbeck had ridden down from Sedgefield and turned off at Great Stainton to go back to Sedgefield.


Thanks to everyone who turned out and well done. Hopefully the weather will be as good next year.



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