Goss takes Tour of Britain Stage 2
Tour of Britain Stage 2
Matthew Goss of team CSC Saxobank won yesterday's second stage of the Tour of Britain between Milton Keynes and Newbury. The 21-year old Aussie who also won a stage of last year's race held of the challenge of Garmin Chipotle riders Julian Dean and Chris Sutton after avoiding a crash on the run in. Roger Hammond of Team Columbia finished fourth to put him in second place in the points competition behind yesterday's stage winner Allesandro Petacchi who finished sixth today and also holds on to the overall lead he claimed in yesterday's stage. The tough 145.4km stage saw an early three man break which was quickly chased down only for one of the original escapees, Ian Stannard to get away again at the 50km mark in a lone break. When he was finally caught, Kristian House, current leader of the King of the Mountains competitio, and David George launched another break, but the peloton chased them down to set up a sprint finish. Today's Stage 3 is a hilly 185km from Chard in Somerset to Burnham on Sea.