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Goss shows his sprinting speed

HTC-Highroad demonstrated that while the two Marks - Renshaw and Cavendish - may be the squad's headline act in July, the Australian can lead out any one of the team capable of winning a sprint. And today, in the Cancer Council Helpline Classic, that man was Matt Goss.

The Tasmanian benefited from Greg Henderson's misfortune in the final corner and powered to the line ahead of Renshaw, Robbie McEwen (RadioShack) and Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale), who formed a four-man group in the final 500m due to the kiwi's crash.

Goss has been riding well recently, taking out the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic earlier this month and was pleased with the performance. "It's a great start and I'm very happy. Great for me, great for the team and a great start to the Tour Down Under," he said immediately after the win.

"We had it under control we kept the break at a reasonable distance. Our team and Omega Pharma-Lotto did a great to control the race and we were lucky to finish it of. We've got enough power (at HTC) to turn the earth off its axis."

That power consisted of riders such as Bernhard Eisel, Bert Grabsch, Danny Pate and Renshaw, whilst Mark Cavendish waited in the wings for a chance to hit out against some of the in-form fast men at the start of 2011.

And as Goss noted, André Greipel's Omega Pharma-Lotto squad did the lion's share of the work during the 51km race, taking control of proceedings and ensuring a five-man break - which became a leading trio with about 15 laps remaining - wouldn't succeed in its quest to steal the sprinters' thunder.

That escape group contained Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), talented local Luke Durbridge (UniSA-Australia), Martin Mortensen (Leopard Trek), Markel Irizar (RadioShack) and Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Katusha), which got away during the second lap and maintained a solid advantage of 30 seconds for most of the event.

With the aforementioned loss of Mortensen and Izagirre later in the race it was time for the sprinters' teams to step up and they did, taking charge after the remnants of the break were swept up with five laps remaining. First it was Greipel's squad leading the way, then Allan Davis' Astana crew before Team Sky came to the fore en masse.

Heading into the last lap the combined strength of Team Sky flexed its muscle as the likes of Matthew Hayman, Ben Swift, Simon Gerrans, CJ Sutton and Geraint Thomas worked hard to get their man Henderson to the line in a style reminiscent of its debut appearance at the event last season. On that occasion it was a quinella, although this year's result would be vastly different given Henderson's misfortune.

"It was same scenario as last year - we wanted to wait a little longer but when the opportunity arose... You go into a race with a plan but you have to think on your feet. We made the call and we had to go - everyone did their bit but you don't always win," said Hayman afterwards.

"Hendy was behind CJ [coming into the final corner], I believe, when he went down. Maybe I went through there a bit too hot - I wanted to keep the speed because I'd already done a fairly long turn and I figured if I hit the brakes too much it was going to hurt me coming out of the corner so I wanted to hit it really hard.

Henderson avoided serious injury in the accident and will only be missing some skin off his legs when the first stage of the Santos Tour Down Under starts on Tuesday.

Full Results
1Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad1:05:12
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad
3Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack
4Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
5Chris Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling
6Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek
7Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling
8Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
9Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
10Allan Davis (Aus) Astana
11Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
12Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team
13Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team
14Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
15Andre Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
16Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team
17Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:06
18Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervélo
19Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:08
20Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA - Australia
21Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard
22Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling
23Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
24Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
25Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
26Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
27Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
28Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana
29Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha Team
30Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team
31Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek
32Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team
33Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) UNI SA - Australia
34Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) UNI SA - Australia
35Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quick Step Cycling Team
36Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar Team
37Manuel Cardoso (Por) Team RadioShack
38Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Movistar Team
39Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
40John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team
41Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team
42Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick Step Cycling Team
43Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:13
44Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard
45Markel Irizar (Spa) Team RadioShack
46Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team
47Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
48Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
49Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
50William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek
51Gregory Rast (Swi) Team RadioShack
52Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) UNI SA - Australia
53Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
54Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
55Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team
56Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:20
57Jos van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:22
58Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team0:00:23
59Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
60Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
61Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
62Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad
63Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek
64Nicki Sorensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
65Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
66Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-ISD
67Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
68Lance Armstrong (USA) Team RadioShack
69Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-ISD
70David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard
71Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
72Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana
73Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
74Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale
75Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek
76Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
77Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step Cycling Team
78Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha Team
79Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre-ISD
80Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Lampre-ISD
81Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-ISD
82Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Astana
83Michael Hepburn (Aus) UNI SA - Australia
84Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervélo
85Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia
86Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack
87David Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
88Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
89Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad
90Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
91Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervélo
92Juan Horrach (Spa) Katusha Team
93Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling
94Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana
95Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard
96AmaÔl Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
97Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
98Luke Durbridge (Aus) UNI SA - Australia
99Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team
100Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
101Vicente Reynes (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto
102Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek
103Jose Vicente Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
104Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar Team
105Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:30
106Robbie Hunter (RSA) Team RadioShack
107Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling
108Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad
109Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Highroad
110Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
111Travis Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervélo
112Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team
113Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
114Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana0:00:37
115Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team
116Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervélo0:00:40
117Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
118Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek
119Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre-ISD
120Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-ISD
121Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
122Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervélo
123Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervélo
124Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:44
125Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard
126Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:48
127Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling0:01:16
128Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:38
129Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling
130Simon Clarke (Aus) Astana0:01:42
131Cameron Wurf (Aus) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:10

Skoda Sprint-lap 5
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) UNI SA - Australia

Hindmarsh Sprint-lap 10
1Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi

Cycle Instead Sprint-lap 15
1Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek

Jayco Sprint-lap 20
1Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi

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