Bos wins third stage, Goss retains lead

Thu, 17 Feb 16:37:00 2011

Rabobank's Theo Bos won the third stage of the Tour of Oman, his second sprint victory of the race, while Australia's Matt Goss retained the red leader's jersey.

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Bos, who also won the opening stage on Tuesday, made his move early on the long straight finish to the 208km loop of Sur and beat Daniele Bennati and Goss to the line.

"It was really nice," Bos said. "I hit the front too early but I just thought I'd go and see what happened. I made it to the finish.

"I stayed calm during the finale and I told the guys that if we got boxed in, we get boxed in. It was difficult to get to the front and it didn’t work that well but then Brownie (team-mate Graeme Brown) went with 500 metres to go and I went with three hundred metres.

"(Brown) is a really strong sprinter and great in the finale. My problem is that I'm not such a good cyclist but I have a really good sprint.

"I have to improve the cycling point, the climbing and the bunch sprints. But fortunately for me, the team is good at setting up the sprinting part."

Strong swirling head and side winds made the sprint tricky and teams were unhappy that Brown dragged Bos to the front.

But will no television replays for the judges to consult, there is no evidence of dangerous riding.

"The sprint was pretty crazy," said HTC-Colombia rider Goss, who won the second stage and holds the overall lead.

"Brownie took a few guys out I think and that kind of messed things up bit. We were going to go for the stage win with either me or (Mark) Cavendish.

"We were both feeling good and he was on my wheel with 800 to go but there was a lot of chaos with the wind and I saw Mark wasn't there with 600 to go.

"I was in the perfect position and so I went myself. Unfortunately most of us got ridden off the road in the last hundred metres or so and Bos and Bennati got a gap on us. But that's racing."


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