By Justin Davis (AFP)
ADELAIDE, Australia - HTC-Highroad's Matthew Goss has thrown down the gauntlet to fellow Australian Cameron Meyer as the pair prepare to duel for the Tour Down Under title on Sunday's sixth and final stage.

Spaniard Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) claimed a deserved win on Saturday when he beat Aussie Michael Matthews (Rabobank) by a centimetre (half an inch) at the end of the 131.8 kilometre (82 mile) race from McLaren Vale to Willunga.

However the real battle erupted only metres behind them with Goss finishing third to grab four bonus seconds to cut his deficit to eight and move up to second overall.

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