Matthews sprints to victory in stage 2 of Tour of Utah
Team GreenEdge's Michael Matthews took to the top step of the podium on Wednesday in Torrey. The lumpy day came down to a reduced bunch sprint, and Matthews outsprinted the competition on the second stage of the 2013 Tour of Utah.
control, so it was pretty much all on us at that point. BMC was spent from chasing all day.”
“Everyone was attacking,” Wilson continued. “One of our guys would go to the front and take a massive pull to bring the race back together, and then another guy would attack hard, and we’d have to do it all over again. Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Sharp) made the last significant move. Sam Bewley did a big turn to bring Zabriskie back inside the last kilometre.”
With his teammates covering late race attacks, Matthew was left to find his own way to the line in the last half-kilometre. He was the first to open the sprint, and no one proved capable of challenging his lunge for the line.
“The team did a perfect job to set me up,” said Matthews. “I didn’t have to touch the wind or many any more effort than absolutely necessary until it was time to sprint. I wouldn’t have won the stage without all their work.”
“I felt a lot better today than yesterday,” Matthews added. “I stayed at Brian Head for two weeks before the race started, so I adjusted to the time change and altitude before the race started. The team had a lot of confidence in me going into this tour, and they played all their cards for me again.”
After having fully committed to the win yesterday and coming off with second, Wilson was particularly pleased to direct the team to victory today.
“It was an exact repeat of what happened yesterday – but in reverse,” said Wilson. “Yesterday, we did all the work and BMC capitalized off it. Today, BMC did all the work, and we capitalized on it. It’s a just reward for the way we’ve ridden these last two days.”
Although thrilled to pull on the yellow jersey today, Matthews does not expect to keep it. Mount Nebo, the major obstacle on stage three, is expected to prove far more decisive than Boulder Mountain and should force the overall contenders to begin to play their cards.
“I think tomorrow will be a ‘rest day’ for us,” said Matthews, with a smile. “We’ll probably back it off on stage three and then ramp things up again for the crit in Salt Lake City on Friday.”