Robbie McEwen, winner of green jersey thrice believes that Michael Matthews is all set to challenge Peter Sagan for the crown of sprint, this year since his start in the Paris-Nice was excellent.
In the honourable Milan San-Remo, he came third trailing behind John Degenkolb from Giant-Alpecin and Alexander Kristoff from team Katusha.
Though he began his season late but he did aim at Milan San-Remo. Apart from the three tours which are hailed to be grand, the Spring Classics also known as the Five Monuments is the target. Mathew’s style suits Milan San-Remo which is why he feels that he is going to be successful. It is the team for which he is thankful for. His starting tour will be in July and he feels that he has the ability to push Sagan. In the last year Sagan had positive results in the tour, owing to his successful tour of three weeks. McEwen is sure that Matthews is going to give him a tough fight. Looking at the sprinters, neither Sagan nor Matthews are pure sprinters which are the reason why Mark Cavendish can have an edge over them going by his records of the tours.
It will be Michael who can take it away from Sagan. As far as the sprints are concerned, Sagan has been consistent over the past three years. The most important difference between him and Matthews is that he can climb whereas Matthews cannot. While in May, Giro d’Italia will be on its way. For Matthews, Giro d’Italia has been a happy place so far. McEwen pointed out that from the moment he has joined Greenedge he has got more will power and focus and as a rider also Matthews is getting stronger day by day. Positivity is what is heightened from the sprinters.