Crash ends Michael Matthews' chances of San Sebastian Bling
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Crash ends Michael Matthews' chances of San Sebastian Bling

Canberra cycling star Michael Matthews' run of bad luck continued with a crash ruining his chances of winning the Clasica San Sebastian in Spain on Sunday.

Illness forced Matthews out of the Tour de France, where he was defending the green jersey he won in 2017, and he was hoping to put that behind him with victory in the one-day race.

A crash 20 kilometres out from the finish, while not injuring Matthews or his Sunweb teammates, forced them to change bikes and wheels and ending their hopes of being involved in the finish.

A crash ruined Michael Matthews' chances of winning the Clasica San Sebastian.

A crash ruined Michael Matthews' chances of winning the Clasica San Sebastian.Credit:AP

Quick-Step Floors' Julian Alaphilippe took out the race, with Trek Segafredo's Bauke Mollema finishing second.

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Matthews finished 55th, more than five minutes off the pace.

"Today was shaping up to be a really good day for us, we had a super strong team around me the whole day and I was really impressed with all the boys," he said.

"We got into the final of the race with five guys ready to set up the final climb for me, but with 20km to go there was a really big crash in the front of the bunch which impacted all of us.

"Our race was over after that, unfortunately. It’s super sad because I had really good legs today and the team were riding amazingly together."

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.