Matthews doubt for Tour start

  • Last Updated: July 3 2014, 11:09 BST

Australian squad Orica-GreenEDGE has suffered another potential blow ahead of Saturday's Tour de France start in Leeds after Michael Matthews incurred a hand injury in training on Tuesday.

Michael Matthews: Six stitches in a hand injury
Michael Matthews: Six stitches in a hand injury

Christian Meier has been placed on standby to replace Matthews after Daryl Impey, the first African to lead the Tour, was stood down for a positive doping test.

Matthews led May's Giro d'Italia and was due to make his Tour debut, before requiring six stitches to his hand in a crash and will be given until Friday's eve of the race to prove his fitness.

Orica-GreenEDGE sports director Matt White said: "He is is bandaged like a mummy at the moment.

"They are going to try and loosen him up on the home trainer today and then we will try to pop him on the road tomorrow.

"It's not an ideal scenario for anybody so close to a race but if he can pass the first few days, he will be fine."

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