Date of birth: 05/11/1986
From: Launceston, Tasmania
Previous teams: SouthAustralia.com-AIS (2006), Team CSC (2007- 2008), Saxo Bank (2009), HTC-Highroad (2010-11)
Matt Goss career profile
Following in the footsteps of many Australians before, Matt Goss has successfully made the transition from the track to the road. A World U19 Champion in both the Team Pursuit and Madison in 2004, he was part of the Australian team that took senior gold in Bordeaux two years later, beating a strong British squad containing Geraint Thomas.
By that point, his reputation on the road was rapidly growing, helped by five victories for SouthAustralia.com-AIS in 2006, including a stage in the Baby Giro. It was no great surprise that he was snapped up by Bjarne Riis for the 2007 season.
He was part of the CSC team that won the Eindhoven Team Time Trial, which formed part of that year’s UCI ProTour, and bagged his first individual victory on the third stage of the Tour of Britain, beating Freddy Bichot and Roger Hammond in a breakaway sprint into Wolverhampton.
Further success followed at the following year’s Tour of Britain, with an early stage victory helping the Aussie to also win the points classification. He won on home soil too, taking the overall in the Herald Sun Classic, and the opening stage in the Herald Sun Tour.
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Despite this, arguably his best result was a third place at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, where he outsprinted Tom Boonen for the final podium place.
In Goss’ final year with Saxo Bank, his one-day pedigree was confirmed when he took third in Gent-Wevelgem in torrid conditions, and sprinted to victory in September’s Paris-Brussels.
Moving to HTC-Columbia for 2010, Goss took on a dual-role of sprinter and lead-out man for Mark Cavendish. However, with the Brit suffering from an injury-plagued start to the season, the Australian was able to take the limelight, winning his first Grand Tour stage at the Giro d’Italia.
Further success followed at the Tour of Denmark, the Philadelphia International Championship and the GP Ouest-France, before helping his team win the night-time team time trial in the Vuelta a Espana in Seville, and assisting Cavendish to the points classification.
The 2011 season has started off brilliantly for Goss, with seven victories to his name by mid-February. He won the Cancer Council Helpline Classic, the forerunner to the Tour Down Under, before taking the opening stage, the sprint Classification and a second place overall in his country’s home tour.
He followed that by winning a stage in the Tour of Oman, also taking over the race lead for two stages, and then took the biggest win of his career to date by being the first Australian to win Milan-San Remo.
Matt Goss results
Tirreno-Adriatico; stage two
Giro d’Italia; stage three
Tour of Turkey; points classification
Tour of Oman; stage two
Tour Down Under; stage one
Tour Down Under; sprint classification
Cancer Council Helpline Classic
Bay Classic Series; overall
Bay Classic Series; stage one
Bay Classic Series; stage four
Giro d’Italia; stage nine
Vuelta a Espana; stage one (TTT)
Philadelphia International Championship
Danmark Rundt; stage one
Danmark Rundt; stage four
Tour de Wallonie; stage three
Tour de Wallonie; stage five
Tour of Britain; points classification
Tour of Britain; stage two
Herald Sun Classic
Herald Sun Tour; points classification
Herald Sun Tour; stage one
Tour of Britain; stage 3
Eindhoven Team Time Trial (TTT)
World Team Pursuit Champion
National Team Pursuit Champion
Giro delle Regione; stage 1
Vuelta a Navarra; stage two
Vuelta a Navarra; stage three
Baby Giro; stage three
National Team Pursuit Champion
Tour of Japan; stage one
World U19 Team Pursuit Champion
World U19 Madison Champion
Matt Goss photos
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