Goss goes for gold in Angaston

HTC-Highroad continues love affair with ochre

Matt Goss showed that his win in Sunday's Cancer Council Classic was no 'slip of the leadership' for HTC-Highroad but a concerted move to give the Tasmanian a shot at the Tour Down Under title, his win in Angaston today demonstrating he'll be one of the men to beat in the battle for the ochre jersey this week.

Goss outsprinted former teammate André Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and fellow Australian Robbie McEwen (RadioShack) at the end of the 138km journey from Mawson Lakes to the heart of the Barossa Valley to secure the overall lead after an opening day that quelled speculation whether Mark Cavendish could be HTC-Highroad's protected rider.

"I saw Greipel behind me just as I strated to sprint but I wasn't paying too much attention to that as I was just doing my own race so it worked out well," said Goss afterwards.

"It's one thing to win but when you're expected to win there's a lot more pressure on yourself. I'm really happy to get the win today for both me and the team, the rode all day. That's for them."

And it was Goss' team that demonstrated it was one of the strongest - if not the strongest - squad out there all day. The first overall leader of this year's Santos Tour Down Under said that he may have had a few doubts about their ability to finish off the good work heading into the finale, however.

"I kinda had my worries. Renshaw did a great job and he got me to about 250m to go but it was slightly uphill and it was a tough finish but I managed to hold up until the end," said Goss. "Cav was on my wheel as we were starting to sprint but to be honest I don't have eyes in the back of my head so I couldn't see where I was.

"We had a plan at the start of the day and that plan was that Cav was going to be on my wheel and we'd see what happened. If I could win I'd take it and if he could come past he'd come past. If he finished second he could and put more of a gap between us and the other riders in the GC so we had all bases covered, I think."

Band of Five play out time

The day was punctuated by a break of five riders, as Simon Clarke (Astana), Mathieu Perget (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Mitchell Docker (UniSA-Australia), Miguel Minguez and Jon Izaguirre (both Euskaltel-Euskadi) got away following the KOM on Black Top Road and spent most of the day off the front of the field, with Clarke netting the most aggressive rider prize for his efforts.

He was the last to succumb to the peloton's clutches in the final 20km, as the likes of HTC-Highroad, Team Sky, Garmin-Cervélo and Omega Pharma-Lotto came to the fore in an effort to deliver their men to the pointy end of the stage in the perfect position.

And it was Allan Peiper's men who achieved that best, as much like Sunday evening's criterium in Adelaide's east end, Mark Renshaw was the man to guide his team's push for the line over the closing kilometres.

"It was a bit of a drag race between us and Sky with a kilometre to go. As always, Renshaw did a perfect job although he had to go a lot earlier than what he would usually do and he just wound it up perfectly. I probably got the front a little bit early too but I managed to hold on so I'm happy," explained Goss.

As for the plight of Team Sky's riders, Greg Henderson admitted to suffering the effects of a crash in the finale of Sunday's Cancer Council Criterium while the squad's best-placed man was Chris Sutton in fourth. There was an element of confusion after Michael Rogers suffered a mechanical late in the stage and it didn't get any better after that point.

"I wasn't feeling 100 percent today," said Henderson. "I think all the bruising from my crash on Sunday night is starting to come out. I was so sore today and it was uncomfortable all day.

"We lost each other at one kilometre to go - the whole train sort of derailed. When G [Gerrans] went, it was at the right time for him but there was only me left. I had to try and fight my way into the line somewhere, it left me out in the wind.

"When the sprint starts you are already full of lactic acid and I couldn't even go. It wasn't ideal but it's what happens," he continued, adding that he's not ruling himself out of contention for overall honours.

"That crash the other night really took the edge off me but as the week progresses I think I will get better and better - once all this bruising comes out. Hopefully."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad3:17:08 
2André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
3Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Radio Shack  
4Chris Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling  
5Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
6Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
7Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
8Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
9Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
10Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling  
11Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
12Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
13Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
14Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek  
15Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
16Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
17Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling  
18Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team  
19John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team  
20Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
21Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
22Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radio Shack  
24Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
25Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
26Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
27Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
28Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
30Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
32Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
33Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
34Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
35Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team  
36Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
37Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
38Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
39Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Movistar Team  
40Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
41Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
42Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
43Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
44Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
45Manuel Cardoso (Por) Team Radio Shack  
46Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quick Step Cycling Team  
47Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek  
48Juan Horrach (Spa) Katusha Team  
49Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
50Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek  
51Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
52David Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
53Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step Cycling Team  
55Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
56Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
57Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
58Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar Team  
59Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
60Cameron Wurf (Aus) Liquigas-Cannondale  
61Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
62Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad  
63Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana  
64Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
65Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Lampre - ISD  
66Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
67Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
68Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
69Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Travis Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
71Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
72Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
73William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek  
74Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
75Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
76Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
77David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
78Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
79Luke Durbridge (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
80Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Highroad  
81Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radio Shack  
82Markel Irizar (Spa) Team Radio Shack  
83Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
84Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
85Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar Team  
86Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
87Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
88Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick Step Cycling Team  
89Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
90Michael Hepburn (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
91Simon Clarke (Aus) Astana  
92Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
93Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek  
94Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
95Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
96Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
97Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
98Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
99Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
100Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
101Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
102Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
103Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek  
104Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Astana  
105Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
106Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team  
107Robbie Hunter (RSA) Team Radio Shack  
108Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek  
109José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
110Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
111Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha Team  
112Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
113Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
114Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad  
115Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
116Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:17 
117Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:18 
118Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:28 
119Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
120Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:39 
121Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
122Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:45 
123Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana  
124Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling0:00:53 
125Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:01:11 
126Jos van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:25 
127Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad0:01:28 
128Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard0:01:33 
129Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard  
130Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:37 
131Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
132Vicente Reynes (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
133Gregory Rast (Swi) Team Radio Shack  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sky Procycling9:51:24 
2Vacansoleil-DCM  
3Liquigas-Cannondale  
4BMC  
5Movistar  
6Katusha  
7Radio Shack  
8AG2R La Mondiale  
9Rabobank  
10UNI SA - Australia  
11Euskaltel-Euskadi  
12Leopard Trek  
13Quickstep  
14Astana  
15Garmin-Cervelo  
16HTC-Highroad  
17Lampre - ISD  
18Saxo Bank Sungard  
19Omega Pharma-Lotto  
Jayco Sprints - stage finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad8 pts
2André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto6 
3Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Radio Shack4 
Sandy Creek
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA - Australia6 pts
2Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4 
3Simon Clarke (Aus) Astana2 
Lyndoch
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 pts
2Simon Clarke (Aus) Astana4 
3Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2 
Skoda King of the Mountains - Black Top Road
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia16 pts
2Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi12 
3Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8 
4Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
5David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard4 
General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad3:16:58 
2André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:04 
3Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Radio Shack0:00:06 
4Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA - Australia0:00:07 
5Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
6Simon Clarke (Aus) Astana  
7Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
8Chris Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling0:00:10 
9Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
10Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
11Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
12Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
13Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
14Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling  
15Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
16Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
17Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
18Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek  
19Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
20Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
21Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling  
22Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team  
23John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team  
24Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
25Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
26Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radio Shack  
28Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
29Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
30Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
31Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
32Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
34Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
36Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
37Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
38Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
39Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team  
40Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
41Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
42Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Movistar Team  
43Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
44Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
45Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
46Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
47Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
48Manuel Cardoso (Por) Team Radio Shack  
49Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quick Step Cycling Team  
50Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek  
51Juan Horrach (Spa) Katusha Team  
52Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
53Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek  
54Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
55David Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
56Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step Cycling Team  
58Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
59Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
60Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
61Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar Team  
62Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
63Cameron Wurf (Aus) Liquigas-Cannondale  
64Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
65Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad  
66Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana  
67Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
68Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Lampre - ISD  
69Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
70Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
71Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
72Travis Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
73Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
74Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
75William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek  
76Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
77Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
78Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
79David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
80Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
81Luke Durbridge (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
82Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Highroad  
83Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radio Shack  
84Markel Irizar (Spa) Team Radio Shack  
85Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
86Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
87Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar Team  
88Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
89Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
90Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick Step Cycling Team  
91Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
92Michael Hepburn (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
93Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
94Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek  
95Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
96Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
97Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
98Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
99Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
100Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
101Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
102Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
103Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
104Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek  
105Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Astana  
106Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
107Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team  
108Robbie Hunter (RSA) Team Radio Shack  
109Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek  
110José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
111Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
112Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha Team  
113Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
114Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad  
115Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
116Gregory Rast (Swi) Team Radio Shack  
117Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:27 
118Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:28 
119Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:38 
120Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
121Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:49 
122Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
123Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:55 
124Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana  
125Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling0:01:03 
126Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:01:21 
127Jos van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:35 
128Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad0:01:38 
129Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard0:01:43 
130Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard  
131Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:47 
132Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
133Vicente Reynes (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sky Procycling9:51:24 
2Vacansoleil-DCM  
3Liquigas-Cannondale  
4BMC  
5Movistar  
6Katusha  
7Radio Shack  
8AG2R La Mondiale  
9Rabobank  
10UNI SA - Australia  
11Euskaltel-Euskadi  
12Leopard Trek  
13Quickstep  
14Astana  
15Garmin-Cervelo  
16HTC-Highroad  
17Lampre - ISD  
18Saxo Bank Sungard  
19Omega Pharma-Lotto  
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad8 pts
2Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA - Australia6 
3Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
4André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto6 
5Simon Clarke (Aus) Astana6 
6Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi6 
7Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Radio Shack4 
KOM classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia16 pts
2Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi12 
3Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8 
4Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
5David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard4 

 

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