Goss grabs win on Tour Down Under opener

Tue, 18 Jan 16:09:00 2011

Tasmanian cyclist Matt Goss gave home fans something to cheer about on the Tour Down Under with victory on the first stage.

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The 23-year-old won an uphill sprint for his HTC team as the cyclists headed to the finish line in Angaston after a 138km stage starting at Mawson Lakes.

German Andre Greipel was forced to settle for second place for Omega Pharma - Lotto, while another Australian, Robbie McEwen, grabbed third place riding for Radioshack.

An early breakaway of five riders was brought back to the bunch in the final 10km, setting up the sprint to the line.

Goss has had an outstanding few weeks, winning the Jayco Bay Classic series and scooping the Cancer Council Classic street race in Adelaide.

"The form is obviously pretty good, I've had a great start to the year and I'm super-pumped for the rest of the race," Goss said.

"I'd love to win the race overall, but there's still a long way to go - it's an ideal start, but there's a lot of days of racing."

Isle of Man sprinter Mark Cavendish, also of HTC, finished 62nd on the stage, on the same time as winner Goss.


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