Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - Men
Eastern Gardens - Stage Details

Matt Goss stormed to his first victory of the 2014 season, taking out stage two of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic. On just the second day of racing for the 2014 season, ORICA-GreenEDGE set up their leader for the win with a textbook lead-out. Goss capitalised on that hard work, taking victory ahead of Caleb Ewan (Subaru NSWIS) and Leigh Howard. With the stage win, Goss moved into the race lead.

Today’s win for Goss will draw inevitable comparisons to his emphatic 2011 season- his most successful to date- given that it began with a win and taking the jersey on the very same stage as today, at the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic. 

 “It’s really great to get a win so early in the season. We’ve got a super strong team here, the guys rode so well today that it was easy for me, I just had to step up in last 150 metres or so and finish it off. Yesterday I jumped across to the break, and I really struggled to recover after that effort. That kind of intensity is a shock to the system at this stage of the season. I didn’t feel bad, but I just wasn’t good enough to capitalise on my position. I’m really happy to change that today.” - Matt Goss

“We had a plan today. We knew there were no big sprinters in the top ten after day one, which gave us a great chance at the jersey. Our plan was to be aggressive and use our other guys so we could save Gossy for the finish. Hepburn, Howard and especially Durbridge were very aggressive throughout the race. Once it became apparent that it wasn’t a day for the breakaway, they switched focus to the sprint for Gossy. They did the perfect lead out; you always know you’ve nailed it when your lead out man runs third.” - Sport Director Matt Wilson

 

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Matt Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 1:01:54
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) - Subaru NSWIS ST
3 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
4 Brenton Jones (Aus) - Procon Telematics ST
5 Graham Briggs (GBr) - Rapha Condor JLT ST
6 Raphael Freienstein (Ger) - Charter Mason/Brennan IT ST
7 Allan Davis (Aus) - Chain Reaction ST
8 Felix English (IRL) - Rapha Condor JLT ST
9 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) - SASI ST
10 Russell Gill (Aus) - SASI ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Matt Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 1:01:54
3 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
25 Mitch Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:07
43 Luke Dubridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:54
44 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:00