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Matthews joins Orica-GreenEDGE team
09:51 AEST Thu Aug 16 2012

Rising Australian talent Michael Matthews has joined the Orica-GreenEDGE team on a contract that runs until 2014.

The under-23 road race champion joins the Australian outfit from Dutch team Rabobank who he joined after turning professional in 2011 as a 20-year-old.

"I chose Orica-GreenEDGE for several reasons. Most importantly, it will be an amazing experience to be a part of an Australian team," Matthews said in a team media release.

"I really look forward to racing with and learning from some of the best Australian riders in the world."

Orica-GreenEDGE sporting director Matt White said Matthews is a very versatile rider.

"He can climb a bit and of course has a great sprint finish," White told Cyclingnews.

"I think in the coming years we could see him develop as a rider for the week-long stage races too.

"He's a big talent."

Some of Matthews' more notable results include stage wins on the Tour Down Under in 2011 and the Tour of Utah this month.