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Goss wins again in Launceston

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The Philadelphia Classic podium (l-r): Peter Sagan (Liguigas-Doimo), Matt Goss (HTC-Columbia) and Alexander Kristoff (BMC).

The Philadelphia Classic podium (l-r): Peter Sagan (Liguigas-Doimo), Matt Goss (HTC-Columbia) and Alexander Kristoff (BMC).
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Graeme Brown (Rabobank) before the start.

Graeme Brown (Rabobank) before the start.
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It's almost time for the gun in Launceston.

It's almost time for the gun in Launceston.
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Riders await the start...

Riders await the start...
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Koen De Kort (Skil-Shimano).

Koen De Kort (Skil-Shimano).
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Wesley Sulzberger (FdJ) amongst the leaders.

Wesley Sulzberger (FdJ) amongst the leaders.
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Launceston was the last outing for the current Jayco-Skins setup.

Launceston was the last outing for the current Jayco-Skins setup.
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Alex Carver rides near the front of the field.

Alex Carver rides near the front of the field.
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As is often the case in Launceston, the pace was high from the gun.

As is often the case in Launceston, the pace was high from the gun.
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Travis Meyer (Garmin-Transitions) watches what's happening up ahead.

Travis Meyer (Garmin-Transitions) watches what's happening up ahead.
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Alex Carver (Jayco-Skins).

Alex Carver (Jayco-Skins).
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Stu Shaw (Drapac) has a look around before the start.

Stu Shaw (Drapac) has a look around before the start.
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Mitchell Docker (Skil-Shimano) looking in a reflective mood.

Mitchell Docker (Skil-Shimano) looking in a reflective mood.
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Will Clarke (Genesys Wealth Advisers) sits on Bernie Sulzberger's wheel.

Will Clarke (Genesys Wealth Advisers) sits on Bernie Sulzberger's wheel.
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Graeme Brown (Rabobank).

Graeme Brown (Rabobank).
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Leigh Howard (HTC-Columbia).

Leigh Howard (HTC-Columbia).
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Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Transitions) was one of the big names to watch.

Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Transitions) was one of the big names to watch.
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Bernie Sulzburger is one of Launceston's favourite cycling sons and readies for the criterium.

Bernie Sulzburger is one of Launceston's favourite cycling sons and readies for the criterium.
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Local lad Bernard Sulzberger lined up in Launceston.

Local lad Bernard Sulzberger lined up in Launceston.
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Saxo Bank rider Richie Porte has a chat on the startline.

Saxo Bank rider Richie Porte has a chat on the startline.
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Jayco-Skins' Alex Carver looks relaxed before the start.

Jayco-Skins' Alex Carver looks relaxed before the start.
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Travis Meyer (inset) and Leigh Howard before the start.

Travis Meyer (inset) and Leigh Howard before the start.
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Alex Carver (Jayco-Skins).

Alex Carver (Jayco-Skins).
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Matthew Goss (HTC-Columbia) won the 2010 Launceston Classic criterium after a terrific lead-out from teammate Leigh Howard. It was his third Classic win, with Howard finished second and Will Clarke (Genesys Wealth Advisers) rounding out the podium in front of thousands of fans.

“The race was tough and it’s excellent to get another win in front of my family and friends," said Goss. Leigh [Howard] did a brilliant lead-out today and it was thanks to him we could walk away with victory."

From the outset the pace was brutal, with some riders unable to keep up and dropping out of the race. It wasn’t until the 15th minute of the 75-minute race that a breakaway got clear but it proved to be the decisive move.

David Pell (Drapac), Howard and Goss (HTC-Columbia), Travis Meyer (Garmin-Transitions), Bernie Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) and the Genesys Wealth Advisers trio of Jason Rigg, Ben Grenda and Will Clarke all flexed their muscles at the head of the race.

The lead group claimed a maximum advantage of one minute and six seconds and held that advantage for the rest of the race. The peloton were pulled out at the seventy minute mark allowing the eight remaining riders to race the final five minutes plus two laps on their own.

David Pell was the first to make a move but that was countered by Leigh Howard. Travis Meyer was the next to make a move and with two laps to go, Grenda, Goss, Meyer and Sulzberger had a mini break on their rivals.

Meyer continued to animate the race but was unable to break clear. Due to the cat and mouse tactics of the leading four, the other quartet caught them with half a lap to go. Howard then went to the front of the group to lead Goss to the line.

“It was a tactical race in the last five minutes,” Howard said. “There was no real plan. We just made sure that we got the lead-out right and we did. It was a great win by Goss."

Defending champion Will Clarke was happy with his third place but would have liked to have claimed another victory. “A win would have been great but it was always going to be tough beating those two. It was a great win by Goss and I’m pleased with my result,” Clarke explained.

Earlier in the day, the under 17 men and elite women kicked off the night, with Belinda Goss claiming her second consecutive women’s crown ahead of Annette Edmonson and Emma Lawson. West Australian Theo Yates was the under 17 champion, beating Nathan Hinkley and Jack Hickey.

Results
1Matt Goss (HTC-Columbia)
2Leigh Howard (HTC-Columbia)
3Will Clarke (Genesys Wealth Advisers)
4Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)
5Ben Grenda (Genesys Wealth Advisers)
6David Pell (Drapac Porsche)
7Jason Rigg (Genesys Wealth Advisers)
8Travis Meyer (Garmin-Transitions)
9Steele Von Hoff (Genesys Wealth Advisers)
10Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Transitions)

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