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Australia expecting anything and everything in Matthews’ bid for rainbows

Michael Matthews (Australia) wins the Road World Championships U23 category in Geelong in 2010

12 years after winning the U23 rainbow jersey on home soil, Michael Matthews is ready to complete a historic home double with the complete backing of the Australian team.

Should the 31-year-old prevail on Sunday’s UCI Road World Championships elite men’s road race, Matthews would be the first rider ever to complete an U23 and elite double. He would also be the first rider since Alessandro Ballan in 2008 to win an elite title on home soil, and the third since Bernard Hinault in 1980.

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