Year keeps getting better for Michael Matthews
MICHAEL Matthews has capped his stunning season with three major honours at the Cycling Australia awards in Melbourne.
The Tour de France sprinters' green jersey winner was awarded the Sir Hubert 'Oppy' Opperman Medal and Trophy for the Australian cyclist of the year.
He also won the men's road cyclist of the year and the people's choice award.
"It is a huge honour in Australia to win the Oppy. It is something I have been dreaming about since I became a cyclist,” Matthews said from his Monaco home.
"It is an unreal feeling (to win all three). I didn't think it would happen so soon, but it is a reminder for me that it was a big year for me and Australian cycling.
"It means a lot that I can be among other excellent Australian cyclists who have won this award.”
The 27-year-old Canberran became the third Australian to win the green jersey after scoring two stage wins at this year's Tour.
In other categories, Queensland's Katrin Garfoot won her third-straight female road cyclist of the year award.
Western Australian Cameron Meyer and South Australia's Stephanie Morton were track cyclists of the year, while Caroline Buchanan (ACT) scored a sixth-consecutive BMX cyclist of the year award and Queenslander Logan Martin broke through for his first.
David Nicholas (Qld) was named the male para-cyclist of the year for a second time, while Victorian Carol Cooke rode to a third women's para-cyclist award.