Blazin' Saddles

Michael Matthews left red-faced after celebrating someone else’s victory

Blazin' Saddles

Michael Matthews thought he had won stage two of the Tour of Poland – but it turns out he was a distant second in Warsaw.

The Australian Orica-GreenEDGE star edged a thrilling bunch sprint after the pack reeled in Polish breakaway duo Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz and Bartlomiej Matysiak.

But Matthews, 23, didn’t realise that Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s Petr Vakoc was still out in front, riding home 21 seconds ahead of the Aussie.

As the 22-year-old Czech basked in the (real) glory of his first World Tour victory, Matthews (who has won two stages apiece at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana) soon realised his error – much to the mirth of his rivals and fans alike.

It is unclear whether Boris Vallee – the Belgian rider pipped to third by Matthews – also failed to realise that Vakoc was still out in front.

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Whether it was a loss of concentration or a team miscommunication, you can’t really blame Matthews – cycling is a gruelling sport, and riders don’t always get the full low-down from their teams.

Poor Michael - at least he was back in the saddle though, in his first race since pulling out of the Tour de France through injury.

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