The Australian has not raced since the Ardennes Classics in April but after a stint of altitude training heads into the Tour de Suisse with one eye on the Tour in July.
“The objective is to win a stage,” his team boss Matt White told the press.
Matthews, Simon Gerrans and the Yates brothers are on the team’s long list for the Tour de France, although the participation of Simon Yates is still far from clear.
Matthews, who rode the Tour de France last year to gain experience, would target the intermediate stages should he be selected. According to White he would not target the Green Jersey, although the team boss admitted that the strategy could change as the race evolved.
“He’s in good shape and he always comes out of altitude in good shape. Once we finalise the team, the objective is that we win a stage. There’s no other objective. We have no one riding for jersey or GC. The stage is the goal.”
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