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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 September 2007, 15:22 GMT 16:22 UK
Goss outguns rivals in late dash
Matt Goss
Australia's Matt Goss held his nerve in a sprint finish to take victory in the third stage of the Tour of Britain.

The CSC rider, who wore the yellow jersey for two stages last year, edged out Freddy Bichot and Britain's Roger Hammond at the climax in Wolverhampton.

But he failed to take the overall lead from Russian Nikolai Trusov, who has an eight-second advantage.

Britons Paul Manning, Ben Swift, Rob Partridge, Mark Cavendish and John Bellis all finished in the top 10.

Goss said: "I had to hold off quite a few attacks in the closing stages because Freddy and Roger are quality sprinters but fortunately it was my day.

"There's still a long way to go with three stages to go but this has given us a great platform to build on in the second part of the week."

Goss was joined by seven other riders in an early break in the 95-mile stage from Worcester which proved to be decisive.

They opened up a five-minute lead by the halfway point and it was Swift - a Barloworld apprentice - who got most out of the break.

The 19-year-old from Rotherham - where the fourth stage will start on Thursday - took the King of the Mountains jersey after the best day of his career.

He said: "It's a fantastic feeling to have the polka dot jersey in my home town and it's something I've dreamed about."

"This will give me confidence a huge boost. I'm a decent sprinter but I've proved today that I can climb as well and I hope I can keep hold of this shirt for the rest of the week."

Swift now has a 13-point lead over Manning in the climbers' competition, while Trusov and Hammond share the lead in the points competition on 25 each, with Cavendish in fourth on 22.



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