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93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 9
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Date: 5/17/2010
93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 9

93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 9
Young Gun Matthew Harley Goss opens his season account and drives the la Kangaroo total to 3 2010 Giro d'Italia victories in the mass sprint finish

© 210 Gazzetta dello Sport

2010 Giro d'Italia
Jersey Leaders - Stage 9

Maglia Rosa:  Alexander Vinokourov
Maglia Rossa: Cadel Evans BMC Racing
KOM:  Matthew Lloyd  Omega Pharma/Lotto
U26:  Richie Porte Saxo Bank
Team: Saxo Bank

Team HTC/Columbia  added another victory to their count with Young Gun Matthew Harley Goss proving to have the fastest legs over Italian champion Fillippo Pozzato (Katusha) and Garmin sprinter  Tyler Farrar  in the mass sprint this afternoon.

Milram's Robert Forster and Colnago's Federico Canuti filled out the top 5 in the uphill sprint.

For Goss this is the 23 year old riders first win of the season following up on his victory in Paris - Brussels and two stage wins in the Tour de Wallonie last year. This is the third pro season for the rider from Launceston, Tasmania having signed with Bjarne Riis' CSC team in 2007. Goss took the Australian count up to 3 victories in this edition of the Giro. More on Matt Goss  read Chris Graetz's February interview:

Stage 9 Profile -© 210 Gazzetta dello Sport

 Stage9: Frosinone - Cava de' Tirreni 188 km
Today's stage was animated by a break of four riders who attacked early in the stage after 9 kilometers: Canadian and new SKY signing Michael Barry, Rabobanks Tom Stamsnijder, Giampaolo Cheula (Footon/Servetto/Fuji) and the ever familiar animator of stages the amazing Russian Mikhail Ignatiev of Katusha.

In a day marked by a fast pace and pouring rain  we had a surprisingly fast race averaging over 45 km an hour on the mostly flat 188 kilometers from Frosinone to Cava de' Tirreni.

The four quickly opened a impressive gap of 4 minutes in the next half hour... With 150 km to go though the lads lost 15 seconds; though one had to admire the intensity of their attack averaging over 48 km per hour in the pouring rain.

By 100 km to go the gap was down to 2 minutes; Stamnijder led the group through the sprint in Caserta with Barry, Ignatiev and Cheula in tow with 64 km to go.   Rabobank's Graeme Brown led the peloton through  at one minute.

A bit of back pedaling by the peloton happened at this point with the escapees pressing on over the wet roads and doubling the gap with 42 km to go.

Shortly after it was HTC/Columbia coming to the front of affairs to ramp up the chase with the almost immediate result of  taking a quarter of a minute out of our adventurers and the byproduct of splitting the peloton  before the second half could respond. Sastre in the second group flats at the worst possible time again and got a wheel change and was trying to chase back on. The Spaniard can't seem get a break this year in the Giro.

HTC drives the chase with with the gap falling to 1:05  behind Rabobank and Cervello lead the chhase at 20 seconds.

With 15 km to go the Vinokourov group has closed in to 40 seconds of the four leaders - Ignatiev and Barry attack the group and were in full flight looking for glory. Behind the chase of the Vino group was losing ground at over a minute with smaller groups slagged off and  chasing to rejoin a larger group.

with 7 km to go Barry and Ignatiev are on fire, the gap was down to 20 seconds with Enrico Gasparotto and Adam Hansen on the front ... by 6.4 km the gap was :18.

The duo put on a strong defense but... Ignatiev and Barry were finally caught at 5 kilometers by the HTC and SKY team peloton with Team SKY taking control in the final kilometer. Cadel Evans made an attempt in the last kilometer for second stage win and the 20 second time bonus with and Alexander Vinokourov in the mix. But it was Goss exploding up the side of the road to take the win.

No changes to the top of the G.C. today; however Tyler Farrar has taken the Maglia Rossa as sprint points leader leading Cadel Evans by 7 points.

HTC/Columbia also added to their lead in the Super team classification over Saxo Bank and Garmin.

a poorly timed flat, favorite Cervelo's Carlos Sastre saw him lose almost two minutes. This will only make it easier for the Spaniard to go for stage wins in the climbing stages coming up later this week.

 Stage9 Results
Frosinone - Cava de' Tirreni

188 km - 4:08:17 -  45.190 km/h
1 Matthew Harley  Goss AUS HTC/Columbia  4:08:17  B-20"
2 Filippo Pozzato ITA Katusha   0:00 B-12"
3 Tyler Farrar USA Garmin/Transitions :00  B-8"

4 Robert Forster GER Milram  0:00
5 Federico Canuti ITA Colnago/d'Angelo 0:00

6 Sebastien Hinault FRA Ag2r La Mondiale  0:00
7 Wouter Welandt  BEL Quick Step  0:00
8 Gregory Henderson NZL SKY   0:00
9 Jos Van Emden NED Rabobank   0:00
10 Markus Eibegger AUT Footon/Servetto  0:00

General Classification After Stage 9
1 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ AST 33:09:43
2 EVANS Cadel AUS BMC 33:10:55 1:12
3 NIBALI Vincenzo ITA LIQ 33:11:16 1:33

4 BASSO Ivan ITA LIQ 33:11:34 1:51
5 PINOTTI Marco ITA THR 33:12:00 2:17

6 PORTE Richie AUS SAX 33:12:09 2:26
7 KARPETS Vladimir RUS KAT 33:12:17 2:34
8 GARZELLI Stefano ITA ASA 33:12:30 2:47
9 CUNEGO Damiano ITA LAM 33:12:51 3:08
10 SCARPONI Michele ITA AND 33:12:52 3:09
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