Michael Matthews ruled out of Tour de France through injury

Orica-GreenEdge replace Michael Matthews with Christian Meier after the Australian sprinter is ruled out of the Tour de France through injury.

Orica-GreenEdge's Michael Matthews has been forced out of the Tour de France through injury.

Matthews, 23, was expected to challenge for the green jersey, but injuries suffered in a training crash this week have ruled the Australian sprinter out.

He has been replaced by 29-year-old Canadian rider Christian Meier.

"They are certainly very different riders. Michael is sprint orientated and Christian is not, but a super team mate. It changes our plans a little bit in aspects, but in other aspects it doesn't. The focus will be a little bit different," Orica-GreenEdge's sporting director Matt White told journalists.

The Tour de France begins today with a 190.5km stage from Leeds to Harrogate.

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