Eurosport - Mon, 17 May 16:09:00 2010
Australia's Matt Goss won stage nine of the Giro d'Italia in a sprint finish in Cava de' Tirreni.
The Columbia-HTC rider crossed the line comfortably clear of home rider Filippo Pozzato of Team Katusha and Germany's Robert Förster (Milram).
Columbia-HTC's main sprinter Andre Greipel was nowhere to be seen at the end of the flat 188 kilometre leg from Frosinone that saw overall contenders Alexandre Vinokourov and Cadel Evans begin the sprint in the quest for valuable bonus seconds only to be overtaken on the other side of the road inside the final 250km by the more established quick men.
Goss became the third Australian to win a stage in this year's Giro d'Italia after victories by Matthew Lloyd and Evans to give the world's second-biggest stage race a distinctly Antipodean feel.
"It was nice to get a win for sure," Tasmania's Goss sajd after his first stage victory in a Grand Tour
"It was a very hard little finish, slightly uphill, so it made it certainly tough for the last 30 km."
They built up a four minute lead but following two punishing days, the sprinters' teams ensured the break did not gain a formidable advantage.
Barry and Ignatiev survived until 5km from the finish line but a surge in pace after a split in the peloton ensured their victory bid did not succeed.
Four Astana riders, including Vinokourov, were in a 15-man front group that formed with 15km to go only for Evans's BMC team plus the Androni and Liquigas squads of Michele Scarponi and Ivan Basso respectively to pull the break back.
There were no changes on the general classification, a situation that is unlikely to change over the next three predominately flat stages.
Kazakh Vinokourov, who overcame appalling conditions on Saturday to take the lead, holds a one minute 12 second advantage over Australian world champion Evans with previous race leader Vincenzo Nibali in third overall.
Result: 1. Matthew Goss (Australia / HTC - Columbia) 4hrs 08mins 17secs" 2. Filippo Pozzato (Italy / Katusha) ST 3. Tyler Farrar (U.S. / Garmin) 4. Robert Foerster (Germany / Milram) 5. Federico Canuti (Italy / Colnago - CSF) 6. Sebastien Hinault (France / AG2R) 7. Wouter Weylandt (Belgium / Quick-Step) 8. Greg Henderson (New Zealand / Team Sky) 9. Jos van Emden (Netherlands / Rabobank) 10. Markus Eibegger (Austria / Footon)
Overall standings: 1. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan / Astana) 33hrs 09mins 43secs" 2. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) +1:12" 3. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Liquigas) +1:33" 4. Ivan Basso (Italy / Liquigas) +1:51" 5. Marco Pinotti (Italy / HTC - Columbia) +2:17" 6. Richie Porte (Australia / Saxo Bank) +2:26" 7. Vladimir Karpets (Russia / Katusha) +2:34" 8. Stefano Garzelli (Italy / Acqua & Sapone) +2:47"
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