Transfer mechanics: Tour de France snob helped pave way for Matthews’ return to Mitchelton-Scott

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Two months ago, the idea of ​​Michael Matthews returning to Mitchelton-Scott was unthinkable.The future of the Australian WorldTour team looked uncertain due to financial pressures and the failure of buyout negotiations with the Manuela Foundation led to a change of leadership. Runners’ budgets were already squeezed with substantial pay cuts imposed during the COVID-19 lockdown. With the pressure of trying to keep the two Yates brothers, the team were looking for modest additions to their roster rather than star quality.

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