Tuesday, June 08, 2010

There's something in the water in Tasmania - Matthew Goss wins again

I last saw Matthew Goss racing in Launceston just a few.. hmmm... quite a few years ago. Nice to see him get another win. Often the lead-out guys don't get many chances, so it's always good to see them take a win. What interests me here though is this continuing Tasmanian connection. Is it the water? The smaller cities and quieter lifestyle? The mountains? Or just small-town luck?

It seems to be all of the above, but it doesn't hurt to have ex-pros like Michael Wilson and Danny Clark hailing from the same state either. It also doesn't hurt that Tasmania has kept up the good old Aussie tradition of a track circuit, where velodromes are actually put to use, fostering clubbies and drawing crowds. Once you have the fostering happening and a pattern of support the rest seems to happen. Break the chain somewhere and it collapses, leaving velodromes idle and crowds going elsewhere. I know it's a leap from country track carnival to global ProTour but you have to have a solid base to grow on.   

Philadelphia International Championship: Results, Route Maps & Results | Cyclingnews.com
HTC-Columbia sprinter Matthew Goss got his wish, to turn from lead-out man for the team's top sprinters Mark Cavendish and André Greipel into a race winner. The speedy Australian powered to the line to beat Liquigas-Doimo's Peter Sagan and young BMC sprinter Alexander Kristoff from a 34-rider front group.