My name is Elin - A pro cycling lover's reflections

Tour de Suisse will get Goss exactly where he needs to be

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Matthew GossMatt Goss (Orica GreenEdge) is looking forward to next week's Tour de Suisse. He wants to improve his form ahead of the Tour de France.

The 26-year-old sprinter started the Giro d'Italia, but was soon struck down by the flu and eventually forced to withdraw from the race on Stage 16. He has taken antibiotics now, and now he feels better.

"The training the fitness and the shape's all really good after the Giro," he told Cyclingnews. "With this one more hit out at the Tour de Suisse, it's another nine-day race, so that's going to get me exactly where I need to be as long as I can get to there at 100 per cent healthy and not start that race sick. That's the biggest goal at the moment and then everything else should fall into place.

"I still feel like I've got a bit of a cough and a blocked nose – I always seem to have a little bit of a blocked nose – the cough's not so bad," Goss said. "I feel like I'm probably around 90 per cent but I'm definitely moving in the right way."

Cavendish wins red jersey

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Mark CavendishMark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) claimed his fifth stage win of this year’s Giro d’Italia today. With the victory he sealed the red jersey.

Cavendish finished ahead of Sacha Modolo (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) and Elia Viviani (Cannondale Pro Cycling).

Before the stage, Cavendish sat 11 points adrift of Nibali in the points classification. At the first sprint of the day, Cavendish took eight points, and thus the deficit was reduced to three points.

Coming to Brescia, the peloton would tackle a 4.6 kilometre circuit seven times. Giairo Ermeti (Androni Giocattoli) was the first rider to attack, and the QuickStep team became nervous. The second intermediate sprint of the day was supposed to be in three laps' time, but Cavendish and his team knew it was dangerous having the Italian up there.

Cavendish had to open up several sprints during the stage, but with his stage win, the Manxman once and for all sealed the points classification.

"I'm so happy to have won. I tried to win the red jersey last year but missed it by a point. This time I got it. It's always difficult to win the red jersey but we got the stages we wanted and the jersey we wanted," he said, again happy to share his success with his teammates.

"The team did an incredible job, I couldn't have done it without them. Every stage we contested, we won. They helped me in the sprints and in the mountains, they were always there to help me. It's difficult not to win with this team."

Now, Cavendish has joined Eddy Merckx, Laurent Jalabert, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov and Alessandro Petacchi as the only riders to win the points jersey in all three Grand Tours.

"The Giro points jersey is the most difficult to win for the simple fact that there are less sprint stages and more uphill finishes," he said.

"Last year I went full gas for three weeks and lost for one point. There's nothing you can do about it, at the Giro the points classification is more suited to climbers."

Nibali wins 2013 Giro d'Italia

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At the final stage of the 2013 Giro d'Italia, no one could take away the victory from Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in the general classification. His first overall title in his home Grand Tour.

“It’s really stupendous, unimaginable,” Nibali said after winning. “It’s very emotional. It’s going to take a few days for me to realise what I’ve done.”

Nibali crossed the finish line a few seconds behind Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).