Goss out of Tirreno with cold ahead of Milan-San Remo defense

Defending champ pulls out as precaution ahead of "La Primavera" title defense

Defending Milan-San Remo champion Matt Goss (GreenEdge) pulled out of Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday due a lingering cold, but hopes to be able to defend his title at “La Primavera” on Saturday.

“Matt is going really well, and we don’t want to run any risks before the big, one-day races coming up,” said GreenEdge sport director Matt White. “In pulling him out of the race now, after two really hard days. We’ll still be able to count on him recovering fully for Milan-San Remo and the other big classics.”

Goss, who led Tirreno-Adriatico in the opening stages after GreenEdge won the first-day time trial, pulled out of the Italian stage race due to what the team called a “precautionary measure.”

“I’m obviously not happy pulling out, but I think it’s the best decision to play it safe leading up to Milan-San Remo,” Goss said. “I’ve gotten some really good racing under the belt here and I think I’ll be ready to go hard again after having shaken this cold in a few days.”

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