Matthew Goss (Orica – GreenEdge) in the red jersey for leading the points classification
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Orica-GreenEdge sprinter takes aim at Tour and Olympics
Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) brought the curtain down on his Giro d’Italia with 6th place in the bunch sprint on stage 13, but the Australian leaves the race with his morale intact and with his sights set firmly on the Tour de France and London 2012 Olympics.
With just one possible sprint stage in the final week of racing, Goss is unlikely to be the only fast man to pull out of the Giro on the eve of its entry into the high mountains at Cervinia on Saturday. Speaking to Cyclingnews as he prepared to leave Cervere, Goss explained that his entire season has been centred around performing in July.
“I came into this season deliberating trying to be better from now through to the end of the Tour and the Olympic Games,” Goss said. “The programme from here is the Tour of Slovenia and then the Tour de France. Normally I’d do the Tour de Suisse, but I think it’s too much to do the Giro, Tour, Suisse and the Olympic Games, so I’ll really just take it easy now and recover.”
Goss arrived the Giro without a win to his name this season, but an early victory on stage three at Horsens served as something of a liberation. Although he didn’t add to his tally thereafter, the Tasmanian was encouraged by his consistency over the two weeks, twice finishing second to Mark Cavendish (Sky) and enjoying a spell in the red jersey of points leader.
“I was really happy to win the stage, both for myself and the team, because that was the goal coming in here,” he said. “I was a little disappointed to crash on stage 9 because that would have been another great opportunity to win a stage, but I’m still happy to come out of here some with consistent performances, apart from a couple of little crashes.”
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