Farrer's Michael Matthews. Photo: Karleen Minney
CANBERRA cyclist Michael Matthews has claimed his second stage win in the 2013 Tour of Utah.
Following his win in stage two, Matthews sprinted to victory in the fourth stage of the race, which is currently being led by fellow Australian Lachlan Morton.
While Matthews is 16 minutes and two seconds behind the overall lead, his coach during his time at the ACT Academy of Sport, Glenn Doney, said he would take a lot of confidence from the win.
''He is in good form and climbing well,'' Doney said. ''After he got that second [in stage one] he would have gained a lot of confidence.''
Doney said that while Matthews would not be able to make up the time gap in the final two stages of the race, he would be challenging for more stage wins.
In an interview with cyclingnews.com following his stage-two win, Matthews said his form was good and was happy with his first wins of the season.
''There've been a lot of seconds, but it was a goal for me to hopefully come into this tour with good form and keep building it up through it.''
Matthews will look to take this form into the Vuelta a Espana, beginning on August 24 in Madrid.
He had hoped to race the Giro d'Italia last May, but was ruled out with sickness.
Matthews' Orica-GreenEDGE team will test the cyclist on tours with less climbs first, however Doney was certain he would race in the Tour de France once he had been exposed to different terrains.
''He doesn't have to be the best rider in the world yet, he's got time,'' Doney said.
Matthews is a certain starter for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and Doney said the likelihood of flatter stages at the event would assist the sprinter.
While Doney hadn't been involved with the Tour of Utah leader Morton, he said the Port Macquarie cyclist had a good reputation.
''He is a promising junior [and a] very promising climber.''