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Goss looking for a winning start to 2014

By:
Cycling News
Published:
December 18, 2013, 01:24,
Updated:
December 18, 2013, 05:09
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Race:
Santos Tour Down Under
Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge)

Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge)

  • Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge)
  • Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) at the pre-Giro press conference
  • Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE) enjoys his victory
  • Caleb Ewan (BikeBug) and Mitch Docker (Orica GreenEDGE)

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Sprinter to lead Orica-GreenEdge at Bay Crits

The 2011 Milan-San Remo champion Matt Goss will lead the Australian Orica-GreenEdge WorldTour team at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, the 'Bay Crits,' which begins early next year. Goss is looking to revert back to the 2011 training and racing program that delivered his most successful season to date which included overall victory at the then ‘Jayco' Bay Cycling Classic.

In the past two seasons Goss has had little success in winning races and is hoping to start his season with a win. A change in his training schedule sees Goss tweak his preparation with the hope that he can once again win some big races by adopting a 'Sagan like' approach to racing in 2014.

Joining the 27-year-old will be fellow fast-men Mitch Docker and Geelong's Leigh Howard who returns to his local criterium series.

Completing the line-up are time trial specialists Michael Hepburn and Luke Durbridge who impressed at the 2013 event with a solo victory on the Portarlington circuit.

Team sport director Matt Wilson is expecting a challenging four days of racing in the criterium series. "We will be going in with the aim of winning at least a couple of stages out of the four," Wilson said.

"They aren't easy races to win though, as they are super competitive criteriums and most guys are coming into January and the early season with great form."

With the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic kicking off the new year, Wilson said that the event filled a nice spot on the calendar for the team as they work towards preparing for some key early season objectives of home soil.

"We usually take a team that balances the riders' personal objectives with the team's objectives for the race," Wilson said. "It's always good for the team to get some early wins. It really sets us up for a great year and helps the guys to build in confidence leading into the big early season races."

The team will also use the event as preparation for the Australian national championships the following week and the Tour Down Under later in the month in a busy January with the Jayco Herald Sun Tour to follow in February..

The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic returns to its traditional four-day event program, beginning on Thursday 2 January as the first race of the 2014 season.

barn yard 10 months ago
must feel good to get a huge win in a very serious race like this against local club riders GO GOSSY!
bike_boy 10 months ago
Thats a bit harsh. The bay crits are actually pretty competitive, the field is much better than any i've raced against elsewhere in Australia and the US. Most of the big hitter crit riders from the states would struggle to win the support race. Gossy is on the last year of a long and comfortable contract, he'll either have a stellar year or fade into the wilderness. Personally I hope we see the Gossy of old.
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Dundee 10 months ago
It bugs me that some athletes who have multiple million dollar contracts do little for the Team they are in until the last year of their contract when they attempt show why they were signed for millions in the first place. When Goss was signed he was worth the money, GreenEdge would not have received a World Tour Licence without his points, however Goss has shown to be poor value for money in the first 2 years. Even if Goss fires at World Tour races this year any team looking at him would have reservations. I was a big fan of Goss and stoked when he signed with GreenEdge, now however I hope Orica GreenEdge put their money into a rider who delivers throughout their entire contact and not just at renegotiation time.
dirkprovin 10 months ago
It's a "shape-up or ship out" season ahead for both Goss and Howard. Both have proven major disappointments with regards to results in the top league in OGE's first 2 years as a ProTour team and BOTH have shown an alarming propensity to crack "the mopes" when it's not going their way, rendering them dead weight for the remainder of the team to "carry". Prime case in point 2013 TdF where M.Harley Goss proved nothing more than a "caravan" his team-mates had to tow around the race route when they may've been better served "unhitching" him and parking him by the roadside. Bike Boy is right about the Bay Crits. You are likely to see a fair number of the OZ riders from World Tours teams riding along with Natl Road Series riders and some who ply their trade with US trade teams and sometimes some Euro riders training out here. These certainly aren't "soft races".
cyclingfan001 10 months ago
Let 's hope that 2014 will be a good year for him.