Australian cyclist Matt Goss.
Australian cyclist Matt Goss. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Goss loses grip on green jersey

IT HURTS Baden Cooke to say it, but the chances of fellow Australian teammate Matt Goss winning the green jersey in the Tour de France points competition are looking grim.

Slovakian Peter Sagan has extended his lead to what might be an unbeatable margin if he holds his form.

In a crash-marred and hilly 197km stage from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer in Brittany, Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) claimed his second victory for this year's Tour - and 15th for the year - by beating Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) and Slovakian Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).

Meanwhile, Goss (Orica-GreenEDGE), who crashed with 30km to go and suffered mechanical trouble, critically finished out of the points as he crossed the line that came after a steep 700m climb. Australian teammate Stuart O'Grady was at 3 minutes 54 seconds to the irrepressible Sagan.

With the points allocation included from the intermediate sprint, Sagan now leads the green jersey competition with 78 points. In second place, heading into today's 214km fourth stage from Abbeville to Rouen, is British world champion Mark Cavendish (Sky) on 63 points. Next is Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan), who still leads the Tour overall by seven seconds, with 55 points - and then comes Goss, with 52 points

 

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