First Grand Tour Victory for Orica-GreenEDGE
Orica -GreenEDGE have come out of the ring swinging after five second place finishes in eight starts, Oakley’s Matt Goss snagged the win on the third stage of the Giro d’Italia. This win was the sprinters second Giro stage win for his career.
“I’m really happy to win today to pay back the team for placing me perfectly,” said Goss. “They worked incredibly hard for me all day.”
Entering the final circuit lap, the teams with an interest in the sprint fought for prime position while Orica-GreenEDGE patiently bided their time. Inside the last two kilometres, a five-rider Orica-GreenEDGE train moved up the left side of the peloton to place Goss into position.
“The final circuit was quite flat, but there was corner that went downhill from 1900 meters to 1700 meters,” said White. “The plan was to put five guys into that corner first. It didn’t work out exactly like that, but the guys still managed to get to the front with the numbers needed at the right time. We knew we could only go once. If we didn’t get the timing right, we would have gotten boxed in. It was way too fast of a sprint to surge for a second time.”
With approximately 100 meters left in the race, Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) deviated from his line on the straight run-in towards the finish. The move took out the front wheel of Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) and left riders behind scrambling to avoid a massive pile-up. Race leader Taylor Phinney (BMC) was also involved in the incident.
Goss had commenced his sprint before the 100 metre mark and was lucky enough to be ahead of the accident. He took the stage win several wheel lengths ahead of JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) in second and Taylor Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) in third.
“I have been really close to a win in recent races,” noted Goss. “To take my first win of the season here in our first Grand Tour is a fantastic feeling. I would like to dedicate this victory to the team.”