Goss outsprints Farrar in Plouay

Second consecutive win for Australia at GP Ouest France

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) TeamResult
1Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia6:37:53 
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
3Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
4Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
5Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
6Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
7Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo  
8Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
9Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
10Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
11Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
12Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
13Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
14Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
15Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
16Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
17Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram  
18Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
19Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
20Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
21Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
22Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
23Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Astana  
24Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
25Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha  
26Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
27Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
28Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank  
30Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana  
31Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
32Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
33Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
34Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
35Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
36Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram  
37Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
38Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
39Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team Radioshack  
40Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
41Gorazd Strangelj (Slo) Astana  
42Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
43Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
44Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo  
45Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
46Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
47Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team  
48Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana  
49Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
50Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia  
51Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions  
52Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
53Chris Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
54Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
55Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo  
56Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
57Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
58Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
59Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
60Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
61Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
62Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
63Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
64Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions0:00:09 
65Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack0:00:57 
66André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
67Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
68Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
69Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
70Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
71Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha  
72Russel Downing (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
73Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
74Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team  
75Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
76Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
77Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
78Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
79Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
80Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
81Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
82Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
83Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
84Frederick Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano1:24:00 
85Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:40 
86Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana  
87Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
88Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
89Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
90Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
91Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
92Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
93Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
94Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
95Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step  
96Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
97Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha  
98Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana  
99Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
100Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
101Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
102Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
103Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
104Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
105Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
106Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
107Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank  
108Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
109Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step  
110Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
111Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
112Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
113Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
114Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
115Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
116Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
117Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
118Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
119Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
120Jérome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:02:13 
121Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
122Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:02:44 
123Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:03:08 
124Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:03:27 
125Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:03:51 
126Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:04:03 
127Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
128Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
129Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:04:19 
130Javier Fran Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
131Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana0:05:19 
132Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
133Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto  
134Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:24 
135Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
136Sébastien Turgot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
137Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack0:07:40 
138Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:08:08 
139Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
140Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano0:08:35 
141Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:09:20 
142Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
143Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
144Matthew Busche (USA) Team Radioshack  
145Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack  
146Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
147Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:10:41 
148Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
149Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
150Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
151Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
152Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram  
153Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
154Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
155Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
156Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
157Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:15:06 
DNFSylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFNicolas Portal (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFDmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank  
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFAlfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
DNFJuan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
DNFKevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFMykhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Katusha  
DNFAlan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFAmets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFLuke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
DNFAdam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFVicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFMichel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFRicardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFMatthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
DNFMauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
DNFMauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step  
DNFDavide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
DNFThomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step  
DNFNoe Gianetti (Swi) Footon-Servetto  
DNFDavid Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto  
DNFDaryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack  
DNFSergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack  
DNFBaden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFJonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFJonathan Bellis (GBr) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFMatthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFDaniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFChris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFJoaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
DNFMartin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
DNFDominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team  
DNFFabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFDavid Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
DNFFeng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
DNFYukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano  

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