Goss sprints to win in Brussels

Australians take top two spots

Despite the absence of five-time winner Robbie McEwen, the string of Australian wins in Paris-Brussels continued thanks to the fast legs from Matthew Goss (Team Saxo Bank). The 22-year-old from Tasmania easily outsprinted compatriot Allan Davis (Quick Step) and Kristof Goddaert (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) in the classic bunch sprint near the Koning Boudewijn stadium to grab his third win of the season. It was his first-ever victory in one-day semi-classic.

"It's a hard sprint as it's all slightly uphill," said Goss. "I was lucky to be in a good position behind the guys. It's a hard sprint if you have to go from 200 metres out, so I was biding my time and went with about 150-100 metres to go," Goss said to Sporza.

After a third place in Gent-Wevelgem this year and another third place in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in 2008, it was clear that the former team pursuit champion would grab a win in a big one-day race sooner rather than later. Maybe it was coincidance, but Goss collected his first big win in a race that has been dominated by compatriot Robbie McEwen in previous years.

"Seems this [race] is favored for Australians. Alan is second as well, so first and second are Aussies. Robbie has five wins here so I've got a while to catch him," the short-trimmed Australian Goss said.

With a strong northeast headwind blowing, it seemed unavoidable that the 89th edition of Paris-Brussels would end in a bunch sprint. For the 15th time, the race started in Soissons, France, and one kilometre after the start, Floris Goesinnen attacked the peloton. Even with the unfavorable winds and 218 kilometres to go, the Dutch rider from the Skil-Shimano team was joined by compatriots Niki Terpstra (Milram), Michiel Elijzen (Silence Lotto), Wout Poels (Vacansoleil), and Ukranian Vitaliy Kondrut (ISD-Neri).

The peloton didn't fancy a fast race and allowed the five leaders to gain more than 15 minutes. When approaching Belgium, the sprinters' teams made sure the leaders wouldn't stand a chance in the finale and once across the border, the leaders were all caught.

Goesinnen was the last man standing. He wasn't caught until 28 kilometres to go, near the climb of the Bruineput, which also features in the Brabantse Pijl in April.

During a hard-fought, nervous finale, atacks were everywhere, but none had much success. A group of nine riders, including big guns like Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step), Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank), Patrick Sinkewitz (PSK Whirlpool) and Pablo Lastras (Caisse d'Epargne) build up a lead of 20 seconds. The Liquigas team controlled this breakaway attempt, and after the Keperenberg, with 7 kilometres to go, they were all back in the main peloton.

Several attempts to sneak away followed, but the headwinds made it impossible to hold out against the peloton, then controlled by Katusha and Bouygues Telecom. Romain Feillu (Agritubel) tried to suprise the sprinters by starting his sprint early, but the headwind and the uphill turned his attack into a perfect lead-out for the Quick Step team.

Steven De Jongh set-up Alan Davis on the left; however, the latter couldn't respond to the acceleration from Goss, who passed him easily on the right and won with at least a bike length over Davis in second.

The winner Goss explained that the trick was to wait long enough on the Houba de Strooperlaan, where Paris-Brussels finished for the fifth year in a row. "It's difficult in a way because it is slightly uphill and that always makes it harder to judge. In terms of the finish, it's like a straight run-in so it was pretty easy and not very dangerous, so that is always good. I haven't actually seen it, but I knew I was a little bit in front, so it was a matter of crossing my wheel over the line first," Goss said.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank5:48:35 
2Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step  
3Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
4Kenny De Haes (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
5Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
6Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
7Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
8Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
9Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
10Alexei Markov (Rus) Team Katusha  
11Danilo Hondo (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
12Kevin Ista (Bel) Agritubel  
13Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
14Manuel Belletti (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
15Romain Fondard (Fra) Lotto - Bodysol  
16Igor Abakoumov (Bel) ISD  
17Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
18Matthias Friedemann (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
19Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas  
20Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank  
21Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha  
22Maxim De Busschere (Bel) Team Katusha  
23Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram  
24Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
25Lodewyck Klaas (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
26Kenny Terweduwe (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
27Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
28Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
29Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank  
30Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Andalucia Cajasur  
31Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel  
32Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil-Shimano  
33Sven Vandousselacre (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
34Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
35Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
36Luca Paolini (Ita) Andalucia Cajasur  
37Jérémy Burton (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
38Gerben Löwik (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
39Steven Caethoven (Bel) Agritubel  
40Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas  
41Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
42Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
43David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
44Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
45Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Liquigas  
46Arnaud Labbe (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
47Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
48Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
49Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step  
50Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank  
51Grégory Joseph (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
52Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha  
53Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
54Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
55Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
56Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
57Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
58Alexandre Blain (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
59Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
60Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
61Damien Timmermans (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
62Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
63Fabrice Piemontesi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
64Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD  
65Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
66Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
67Frantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
68Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank  
69Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
70Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
71Wim De Vocht (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
72Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank  
73Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
74Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
75Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha  
76Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha  
77Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
78Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
79Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
80Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
81Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha  
82André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
83Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
84Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
85Alessandro Proni (Ita) ISD  
86Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
87José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
88Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
89Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
90Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
91Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas  
92Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
93Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
94Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
95Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
96Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
97Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram  
98Roy Sentjens (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
99Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
100Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:00:30 
101Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne  
102Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram  
103Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD  
104Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas  
105Francesco Failli (Ita) Andalucia Cajasur  
106Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Andalucia Cajasur  
107Leopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
108Tom Van Den Haute (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
109Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
110Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
111Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
112Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
113Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
114Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
115Martin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:00:37 
116Dario David Cioni (Ita) ISD  
117Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
118Romain Villa (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
119Petr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
120Angel Gomez Gomez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
121Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD  
122Andrea Tonti (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
123Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas  
124Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
125Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
126Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
127Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
128Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
129Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas  
130Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram  
131Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
132Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
133Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
134Massimo Codol (Ita) Andalucia Cajasur  
135Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Andalucia Cajasur  
136Diego Milan Jimenez (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur  
137Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram  
138Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
139Dario Andriotto (Ita) Andalucia Cajasur0:01:12 
140Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
141Luca Celli (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
142Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel  
143Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:51 
144Steven De Neef (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht0:02:03 
145Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
146Rudy Rouet (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol0:02:24 
147Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD0:03:55 
148Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto  
149Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
150Steve Schets (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
151Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano  
152Jost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
153Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) ISD  
154Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
155Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel  
156François Roossens (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol0:15:22 
157Boris Dron (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol  
158Jonathan Bellis (GBr) Team Saxo Bank  
159Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
160Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step  
161Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
162Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
163Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas  

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