It seems to be all of the above, but it doesn’t hurt to have ex-pros like Michael Wilson and Danny Clark hailing from the same state either. It also doesn’t hurt that Tasmania has kept up the good old Aussie tradition of a track circuit, where velodromes are actually put to use, fostering clubbies and drawing crowds. Once you have the fostering happening and a pattern of support the rest seems to happen. Break the chain somewhere and it collapses, leaving velodromes idle and crowds going elsewhere. I know it’s a leap from country track carnival to global ProTour but you have to have a solid base to grow on.
HTC-Columbia sprinter Matthew Goss got his wish, to turn from lead-out man for the team’s top sprinters Mark Cavendish and André Greipel into a race winner. The speedy Australian powered to the line to beat Liquigas-Doimo’s Peter Sagan and young BMC sprinter Alexander Kristoff from a 34-rider front group.