Matt Goss sprints to stage 9 victory


The Peloton on Stage 9


Vino in the maglia rosa at the start of stage 9

Stage 9 Results
1 Matthew Harley Goss Team HTC - Columbia - 4:08:17
2 Filippo Pozzato Team Katusha
3 Tyler Farrar Garmin - Transitions
4 Robert Forster Team Milram
5 Federico Canuti Colnago-CSF Inox
6 Sebastien Hinault AG2R La Mondiale
7 Wouter Weylandt Quick Step
8 Gregory Henderson Sky Professional Cycling Team
9 Jos Van Emden Rabobank
10 Markus Eibegger Footon-Servetto

General Classification After Stage 9
1 Alexandre Vinokourov Astana - 33:09:43
2 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team - 0:01:12
3 Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas-Doimo - 0:01:33
4 Ivan Basso Liquigas-Doimo - 0:01:51
5 Marco Pinotti Team HTC - Columbia - 0:02:17
6 Richie Porte Team Saxo Bank 0:02:26
7 Vladimir Karpets Team Katusha - 0:02:34
8 Stefano Garzelli Acqua & Sapone - 0:02:47
9 Damiano Cunego Lampre-Farnese Vini - 0:03:08
10 Michele Scarponi Androni Giocattoli - 0:03:09

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Links to news sites...
"Goss sprints to victory in Cava de' Tirreni
By: Les Clarke

Vinokourov retains maglia rosa on wet day in Italy

It always pays to have a Plan B, and today in Cava De' Tirreni, Australian sprinter Matt Goss became HTC-Columbia's Plan B in the absence of an in-form André Greipel. The burly German wasn't to be seen in the final kilometres so it was time for Goss to step-up and he did, overhauling Filippo Pozzato (Team Katusha) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) over the last 200 metres to take a convincing victory.

Pozzato and Farrar finished second and third respectively, although the form book again went out the window at the pointy end of the stage, as has been the case for the sprints so far in this Giro. Milram's Robert Förster and Colnago-CSF Inox rider Federico Canuti made their presence felt with fourth and fifth, but the likes of stage three victor Wouter Weylandt and Team Sky's Greg Henderson narrowly missed out on podium places." Read more from

"Goss brings more Aussie stage glory in Tour of Italy

CAVA DE' TIRRENI, Italy - Australian rider Matthew Goss won the ninth stage of the Tour of Italy on Monday, a 187 kilometres ride under the driving rain from Frosinone to here, recording his country's third success in the race this year.

Kazakh veteran Alexandre Vinokourov retained the overall leader's pink jersey while Australia's road race world champion Cadel Evans is in second place.

Goss, 23, who finished second in the second stage of this year's edition, beat home Italian champion Filippo Pozzato while American Tyler Farrar was third in a sprint finish that was unusually contested also by Evans and Vinokourov."Read more from the AFP...

"Giro riders keep seeing curveballs
By Steve Jones, Special to Universal Sports

If there is one thing that has stayed constant about the Giro d'Italia this year, it's that you can expect the race to throw a curveball at the riders in one form or another. Whether it's foul weather or a challenging route - sometimes both - the 93rd edition of the Italian Grand Tour has been an epic journey so far and it hasn't even reached the route's many legendary climbs.

Today's ninth stage was no different. It was expected to be a flat stage where the overall contenders could recover, but Mother Nature again had her way and, at times, showered the battered peloton with buckets of rain, throwing in a little crosswinds for good measure.

At one point during the race the riders were forced to wade through standing water, with one Liquigas-Doimo rider mimicking a breast stroke to lighten the mood as he slopped through the section. The formula was typical for a stage that is categorized as flat. A small break was allowed to get clear to gobble up the time bonuses on the road, but with so few sprint opportunities left in the race, the sprinter's teams kept the escape on a short leash."Read more from Universal Sports...

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