Matt Goss of Orica-GreenEdge has taken the Australian's team second WorldTour victory of the afternoon, winning a tough sprint in Indicatore that followed a scrappy finale in which the peloton became very strung out with a number of fancied riders missing the chance to compete for the win. Manuel Belleti of AG2R-La Mondiale was second, with MTN-Qhubeka's Gerald Ciolek third. Mark Cavendish finished fifth and keeps the race lead after picking up bonus seconds at an internediate sprint, but afterwards was critical of his leadout.
Several UCI WorldTour riders, including 2011 Milan-San Remo winner Matt Goss, runner-up to Mark Cavendish in last September’s world championship, have been confirmed as joining the cream of Britain’s domestic talent in the Saint-Gobain Elite Criterium for this evening’s IG London Nocturne, held in the streets around the capital’s historic Smithfield Market.
She won't have known much about it, but on a landmark day for his family, Mark Cavedish's daughter Delilah was present at the end of a race won by her father for the first ever time. The world champion, still battered and bruised from that crash on Monday's Stage 3, held off former HTC Highroad team mate Matt Goss of Orica GreenEdge to take the sprint in Fano, with Daniele Bennati of RadioShack-Nissan third. Ramunas Navardauskas of Garmin-Barracuda retains the overall lead.
The professional peloton’s youngest top-flight team, GreenEdge, has unveiled an innovative membership scheme that gives fans a chance to spend a day with the Australian outfit’s stars. Meanwhile, Matt Goss, who missed out on world championship victory by half a wheel to former HTC-Highroad team mate Mark Cavendish, has promised to exact his revenge at next year’s Olympic Games in London.
HTC-Highroad may be facing an uncertain future as it seeks sponsorship for the 2012 season and beyond, not to mention the issue of whether it can keep Mark Cavendish who is reported to be heading to Team Sky. However, the US ProTeam’s focus on the road over the next four weeks will be firmly on adding to its success in the Tour de France, with a strong line-up named for the race, which starts in the Vendée next Saturday.
Peter Sagan of Liquigas Cannondale this afternoon took his second stage of this year's Tour de Suisse, passing Team Sky's Ben Swift with the line in sight. The Briton finished third, with Matt Goss of HTC-Highroad also overtaking him on the approach to the finish in Schaffhausen.
Matt Goss of HTC-Highroad won the closing Stage of the Amgen Tour of California in Thousand Oaks this afternoon, while Chris Horner of RadioShack won the race overall with his team mate Levi Leipheimer taking second place 38 seconds behind.
I just read via Cyclingnews that Matt Goss plans on being part of the HTC-Highroad team for the Tour de France: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/goss-ramping-up-form-for-california-sprints
I know he's had a great season, but I can only assume that HTC will also be bringing Cavendish to the Tour. And with good reason. I would think his success in past Tours shows very clearly that Cav is their main man.
Matt Goss of HTC-Highroad remains at the top of the UCI WorldTour rankings despite illness forcing him to abandon during yesterday’s Gent-Wevelgem, but Lampre-ISD’s Michele Scarponi has closed the gap on the Australian to just one point.
Yesterday's Milan-San Remo victory by Matt Goss of HTC-Highroad came after one of the most dramatic editions of the race seen in recent years, a split in the peloton just under 100km to go ultimately proving fatal to the chances of many pre-race favourites. It was a long time before the chasing pack gave up the hunt, however, and it was only in the closing kilometres that it became clear that a lead group of 40 or so riders, including many big names, wouldn't be caught. Here's some pictures of a day's racing that will live long in the memory.