Matthews wins in Murcia, Contador in touch
Michael Matthews took stage one of the Vuelta a Murcia, shading Sky's Russ Downing and Davide Appollonio for Rabobank's 11th win of the season.
Australia’s world U23 road champion Matthews took victory after a sprint finish in Alhama de Murcia, his second win of the season after a stage victory in the Tour Down Under.
Alberto Contador of Saxo Bank finished 15th as he avoided a crash in the final kilometre.
Britain's Chris Froome was, however, involved, although he did not as feared break his collarbone.
Saturday's mountain stage boasts a first category ascent of Alto de Collado Bermejo and ends in Sierra Espuna.