Goss aims for Tour win in Paris

Goss has one more chance to win a stage in this year’s Tour when the three-week race has its traditional end on Sunday in Paris.


The final stage that finishes on the Champs-Elysees is one for the sprinters and British ace Mark Cavendish has won the past three there.

It was also the scene for the first of McEwen’s 12 Tour stage wins.

McEwen was ecstatic and defiant after the 1999 win, which firmly established his professional career.

He retired from racing in May this year and is now helping Goss at Orica-GreenEDGE as a sprint coach.

They have impressed in their Tour debut, managing every stage placing from second to seventh.

But, like Goss, they are yet to crack their first Tour stage win.

Goss finished second again in Friday’s stage 18, won by Cavendish.

“Every time we want to win but miss out, we’re fired up to get it right the next time,” Orica-GreenEDGE director Matt White said on the team website.

“We know if we can deliver Gossy to the right place, he’s as fast as anyone.

“We’re looking forward to the Champs-Elysees on Sunday.

Orica-GreenEDGE might have a slight advantage Sunday because they don’t have a time-trial specialist so can ride without pressure in Saturday’s TT stage.

“It is pretty much a rest day on a time trial bike for our guys and the focus will be that last 10 minutes on Sunday afternoon,” White said.

“We’ve been one of the most consistent (teams) right throughout the Tour.

“We’re not going to give up on a stage win until we cross the finish line on Sunday.”

After a flat spell through the middle of the Tour, Goss said he had been feeling better in the last few days.

“Definitely, it (Paris) is another good chance, we get the guys organised and we might be able to do something good there, hopefully,” Goss said.

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