Matt Goss cruised to win the opening stage of the 2010 Tour of Denmark on Wednesday, giving HTC-Columbia yet another bunch sprint win.

Goss benefitted from the assistance of Mark Cavendish’s lead-out king, Mark Renshaw, returning to top-level competition after being dismissed from the Tour de France for head-butting Garmin’s Julian Dean during a sprint.

Belgian Michael Van Stayen (Topsport Vlaanderen) came home in second place, with Renshaw taking third on the crash-strewn and rain-lashed 175km stage in Holstebro.

On Monday, HTC-Columbia’s German sprinter won stage two of the Tour of Poland – coupled with Cavendish’s five stage wins at the Tour de France in July, the US-based team’s status as the dominant force in bunch sprints does not look set to diminish any time soon.

The Tour of Denmark marked the professional debut of US sensation Taylor Phinney, who stepped up from the under-23 Trek LiveStrong development team to ride as stagiaire for RadioShack. Phinney’s debut didn’t go quite as smoothly as hoped, as he was caught up in a crash 5km from the line and headed a large second group home 29 seconds adrift of Goss.

Britain’s Roger Hammond (Cervelo) crossed the line in 33rd place after assisting Cervelo sprinter Theo Bos, who finished sixth.

The six-stage UCI 2.HC-ranked Tour of Denmark concludes on Sunday, August 8.

RESULTS

Tour of Denmark 2010, stage one: Holstebro, 175km

1. Matt Goss (Aus) HTC-Columbia in 4-04-21


2. Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator

3. Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Columbia

4. Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano

5. Philip Nielsen (Den) Concordia Forsikring

6. Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo

7. Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank

8. Pieter Vanspeybruck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator

9. Lars Bak (Den) HTC-Columbia

10. Hayden Roulston (NZ) HTC-Columbia at same time

Overall classification after stage one

1. Matt Goss (Aus) HTC-Columbia in 4-04-11


2. Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator at 4 secs

3. Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Columbia at 4 secs

4. Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano at 6 secs

5. Philip Nielsen (Den) Concordia Forsikring at 10secs

6. Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo

7. Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank

8. Pieter Vanspeybruck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator

9. Lars Bak (Den) HTC-Columbia

10. Hayden Roulston (NZ) HTC-Columbia at same time

Taylor Phinney, Tour of Denmark 2010, stage one



Taylor Phinney

Roger Hammond in the rain, Tour of Denmark 2010, stage one



Roger Hammond

Lars Bak and HTC-Columbia chase, Tour of Denmark 2010, stage one



Lars Bak heads the unstoppable HTC-Columbia express

Matt goss wins, Tour of Denmark 2010, stage one



Matt Goss wins

Matt Goss leads, Tour of Denmark 2010, stage one



Matt Goss takes the early lead

External link



Tour of Denmark official website