In good form, Tasmanian cyclist Matt Goss won the opening stage of the Tour Down Under with a powerful sprint to take the Ochre jersey.
A five man breakaway got away early in the 138km first stage of the Tour Down Under but was the peloton narrowed the gap to 2 minutes in the final 10 kilometers.
The three big teams Omega Pharma-Lotto, Garmin-Cervelo and HTC-Highroad and controlled much of the race. Julian Dean Garmin-Cervelo punctured in the final 10 kilometers and the whole team and to work hard to bring him back to the peloton.
In the final 5kkms the whole peloton was together, Team Sky and HTC-Highroad controlled the peloton in the final kilometer.
HTC-Highroad went to the front with Mark Renshaw, Goss and Mark Cavendish with Gripel sitting on Cav’s wheel. Earlier in the day Cav has said he would work for Goss for the win.
Renshaw lead the sprinters out into final hundred meters, the sprinting was chaotic and Renshaw pulled over for Goss who gets the win. Crossing the finish line, Renshaw threw his hands up celebrating his team mates win, with Gripel second and McEwen coming in third.
Matthew Goss has his first ever stage win of the Tour Down Under and he will be defending the Ochre jersey on Stage 2.
Top Three Places in Stage 1 of the 2011 Tour Down Under
1 Matt Goss (HTC-Highroad)
2 Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
3 Robbie McEwen (Team Radioshack)
Photos : Santos Tour Down Under / Regallo