Australian rider Michael Matthews is kissed by two hostesses on the podium after winning the third stage of the 81st Tour de Suisse
Australian rider Michael Matthews is kissed by two hostesses on the podium after winning the third stage of the 81st Tour de Suisse GIAN EHRENZELLER

Aussie wearing yellow ahead of fourth stage in Switzerland

CYCLING: Australia's Michael Matthews has taken the yellow jersey heading into the fourth stage of the Tour of Switzerland.

The 26-year-old from Canberra , of Team Sunweb, won the third in a thrilling sprint to line, edging Slovakia's Peter Sagan.

"I struggled a little bit on the climb. I wasn't climbing so well today but it was good enough," Matthews said.

"I saw that I had a teammate there with Nikias Arndt and that gave me massive motivation because I knew he could do a really big pull and that made it perfect for me to do my sprint at the right time, not like last year when I got boxed in during the Tour.

"It's nice to get the win that I really wanted last year. It will be nice having the leader's jersey tomorrow. The team won the Giro d'Italia so I guess they know how to ride on the front now."

Matthews leads the the overall classification from Sunweb teammate and Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands.

Stage four runs for 150 kilometres from Bern to Villars-sur-Ollon as the tour enters the mountains before finishing with an 11km climb.

News Corp Australia


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