Team Sunweb's Michael Matthews returns for Milan-San Remo

Canberra's Michael Matthews is set to return from his broken shoulder for the Milan-San Remo on Saturday.

Matthews missed Tirreno Adriatico and Strade Bianche due to the fracture he suffered in his left shoulder in a crash in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium 2½ weeks ago.

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef said Matthews would go in as the team leader in a race that suited the 27-year-old's talents.

"The longest race of the spring classics, the 291-kilometre route is traditionally one for the sprinters with climbing capacities," Reef said.

"We go into the first Monument of the season with Michael as our team leader. We're happy he's back after fracturing his shoulder at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

"His fracture has been healing well and he has been able to do some high quality training over the past week."


Reef said Matthews would be supported by a strong team, which included reigning Giro d'Italia champions Tom Dumoulin.

The Dutchman crashed out of the Tirreno Adriatico, but will work for the Canberran as he continued his preparation to defend his pink jersey.

"Tom ... will be one of the key support riders for the final. Roy [Curvers] is our road captain and starts his seventh Milan-San Remo, so we have an experienced guy to lead the team," Reef said.

"After a really tough week, we remain positive and look forward to the first Monument of the season."