Matt Goss sprinted to second in the small bunch kick in Plouay. With two riders up the road, his sprint was good for fourth place. Simon Gerrans assisted Goss in the finish before crossing the line in 12th place. The two former GP Ouest France winners were part of ORICA-GreenEDGE’s two-pronged attack prepared for a field sprint or late race attacks.
“The plan obviously was Gossy for the sprint and Gerro for the big moves,” said Sports Director Matt White. “The team chased during the first 140 kilometers to keep the break in check and bring back the gap a little. We had help from Liqugas. Once we had the gap down to four minutes, Astana and a few other teams jumped in to take over the work.”