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Goss outsprints Farrar in Plouay

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Jean-François Quénet

Second consecutive win for Australia at GP Ouest France

Matthew Goss (HTC-Columbia) is the second Australian winner of the GP Ouest France in as many years

Matthew Goss (HTC-Columbia) is the second Australian winner of the GP Ouest France in as many years

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Australia’s Matthew Goss (HTC-Columbia) claimed his first ProTour win as he succeeded his compatriot Simon Gerrans as the winner of the GP Ouest-France. He outsprinted Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) and Yoann Offredo (FDJ) on the finishing line in Plouay and sent an interesting message to the selectors of the Australian team for the world championship to be held in Victoria six weeks from now.

“Today I’ve proven I can race on this kind of circuit,” Goss told Cyclingnews straight after the finish. “This was a very hard race on a typical world championship circuit. It’s good for my confidence. It’s nice to win after that distance on a hard course.”

The organisers of the GP Plouay got permission from the UCI to add one more lap to the event and make it 248 kilometres long but it didn’t prevent the race from ending in another bunch sprint after a standard boring scenario for a ProTour race.

The second attack that came soon after the start was made up of six riders: Benoît Vaugrenard (FDJ), Danny Pate (Garmin-Transitions), Ivan Rovny (RadioShack), Mickaël Delage (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun) and Yukihiro Doi (Skil-Shimano), and they were quickly joined by Mathieu Drujon (Caisse d’Epargne) and Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel). The eight-men breakaway got a maximum lead of 13.40 and the bunch was booed by the Breton public for not riding aggressively, although the event is longer as popular as it was before Plouay hosted the world championship ten years ago.

HTC-Columbia was probably the most active team when the time came to close the gap. “We did a bit of work early on,” Goss commented. “It was worth it.” Mangel was the only one of the breakaway riders to survive in the lead as a counter-attack caught them at the beginning of the final lap. Francesco Gavazzi and Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre), Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step), Greg van Avermaet (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel), Bjorn Leukemans and Wouter Poels (Vacansoleil) were the other riders to insist at the front. While they were caught by the bunch with six kilometres to go, Mangel stayed clear for one more kilometre.

Davide Appollonio (Cervélo) and Dan Martin (Garmin-Transitions), who recently won the last stage of the Tour du Limousin and the Tre Valle Varesine respectively, were the last men to attack before the final bunch sprint. “The hardest thing for me was to wait and not attack,” said Offredo who had been told that it would be useless to lose energy prior to the bunch sprint as he did one week ago in Hamburg. “I had seen in the final kilometres that a couple of sprinters were missing so I was hoping for a top ten but maybe not the top three,” the young Frenchman told Cyclingnews. “At the end I felt I was even able to pass Farrar.” The FDJ rider was happy to finish third.

Farrar admitted he was “a little bit disappointed with the second place”. “It would have been amazing to win two classics in a row,” said the American who stormed to victory in Hamburg one week ago. “The course here was on the limit for me. It was hard but I managed to survive. Matt Wilson and Murillo Fisher killed themselves for me. I was nervous and I went too early but Goss did a perfect sprint.”

At the start of the ProTour event, the Australian was worried because he had been sick after the Tour of Denmark where he got into the winning mood again after his great successes at the Giro d’Italia (stage 9) and Philadelphia. “The cold went to my chest and I had a cough,” he revealed. At the end, he improved his status inside the national team in the making for the World’s. As Robbie McEwen revealed that he won’t make the final cut, Australia seems to have some reason for opting for younger sprinters.

Interestingly, only two pro races are held in the province of Morbihan in Brittany, and Goss won in Plouay after fellow Australian Wesley Sulzberger claimed the GP Plumelec in May. “We have the province wrapped up,” Sulzberger quipped afterwards.

Plouay and the region of Brittany will bid for hosting the world championship again with 2014 the possible date.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 6:37:53  
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
3 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
4 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
6 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
7 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo    
8 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
9 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
10 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
11 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team    
12 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
13 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
14 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
15 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha    
16 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
17 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram    
18 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
19 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
20 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
21 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
22 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
23 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Astana    
24 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
25 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha    
26 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
27 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step    
28 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
29 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank    
30 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana    
31 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
32 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
33 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step    
34 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
35 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
36 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram    
37 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
38 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
39 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team Radioshack    
40 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank    
41 Gorazd Strangelj (Slo) Astana    
42 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
43 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
44 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo    
45 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
46 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto    
47 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team    
48 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana    
49 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
50 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia    
51 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions    
52 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
53 Chris Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
54 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
55 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo    
56 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
57 Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team    
58 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
59 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
60 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
61 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
62 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
63 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha    
64 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:09  
65 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack 0:00:57  
66 André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
67 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
68 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
69 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
70 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
71 Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha    
72 Russel Downing (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
73 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
74 Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team    
75 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
76 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
77 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
78 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
79 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha    
80 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank    
81 Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto    
82 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
83 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha    
84 Frederick Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano 1:24:00  
85 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:01:40  
86 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana    
87 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
88 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
89 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
90 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
91 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
92 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
93 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
94 Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
95 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step    
96 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
97 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha    
98 Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana    
99 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
100 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
101 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
102 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
103 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
104 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
105 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
106 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo    
107 Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank    
108 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
109 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step    
110 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank    
111 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
112 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
113 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
114 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
115 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
116 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
117 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
118 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
119 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
120 Jérome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:02:13  
121 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
122 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:02:44  
123 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:03:08  
124 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto 0:03:27  
125 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 0:03:51  
126 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:04:03  
127 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
128 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
129 Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:04:19  
130 Javier Fran Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
131 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana 0:05:19  
132 Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
133 Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto    
134 Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:06:24  
135 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
136 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
137 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack 0:07:40  
138 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:08:08  
139 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
140 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano 0:08:35  
141 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:09:20  
142 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
143 Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto    
144 Matthew Busche (USA) Team Radioshack    
145 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack    
146 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
147 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:10:41  
148 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
149 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
150 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
151 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
152 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram    
153 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
154 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
155 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
156 Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
157 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:15:06  
DNF Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Nicolas Portal (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Anthony Charteau (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank    
DNF Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank    
DNF Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
DNF Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
DNF Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Mykhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Katusha    
DNF Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram    
DNF Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
DNF Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia    
DNF Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions    
DNF Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin - Transitions    
DNF Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin - Transitions    
DNF Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
DNF Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
DNF Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step    
DNF Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step    
DNF Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step    
DNF Noe Gianetti (Swi) Footon-Servetto    
DNF David Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto    
DNF Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack    
DNF Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack    
DNF Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack    
DNF Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
DNF Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
DNF Jonathan Bellis (GBr) Team Saxo Bank    
DNF Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
DNF Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
DNF Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team    
DNF Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
DNF Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano    
DNF Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano