Matt Goss wins Tirreno-Adriatico stage
Australia's Matthew Goss celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico in Indicatore, Italy. Photo: AP
Australian Matthew Goss of Orica-Greenedge won the second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico over 232km from San Vincenzo to Indicatore in a sprint finish on Thursday.
Britain's Mark Cavendish of Omega-Pharma retained the leader's blue jersey despite finishing only fifth on the stage.
Italian Manuel Belletti was second with German Gerald Ciolek taking third.
Goss, who rides for Orica-GreenEdge, beat Belletti in the last 30 metres of the flat route from San Vincenzo to Indicatore.
But Cavendish, who was first in Wednesday's opening team time trial, retains a two-second advantage over teammate Michal Kwiatkowski, with another Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider, Niki Terpstra in third, a second further back.
Friday's stage is a 190km flat route from Indicatore to Narni Scalo.
The race ends on Tuesday with an individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.