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Jul 14th, 12. The battle for the Green Jersey points between Peter Sagan and Matt Goss went to another level today with Goss ending Stage 12 with less points than he started with.
Sagan has been leading the Points Classification since Stage 2 and from Stage 4, Goss has been his closest rival.
They started the stage with Sagan leading Goss by 27 points.
Today, the Slovakian from Liquigas attacked on the descent of the Col du Granier, the second of the two major climbs early in the stage.
His surge forced Goss' Orica GreenEdge team to move to the front of the peloton to reel in the dangerous attack before Sagan could steal the best of the rest of the interim sprint points behind the breakaway bunch.
The Australian team caught the Slovakian before the feedzone after 108km, well before the sprint line and it was eventually Orica GreenEdge who took the points. Goss beat Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol), van Hummel (Vacansoleil) and Sagan.
The two rivals were together in the main bunch at the finish and again fought for the points on offer.
Goss went out first and Sagan was soon on his wheel, but the three time Tour stage winner did not get the chance to come around. It was Goss who crossed the line first, but a protest by Sagan, saying the Australian crossed his line, was successful.
Goss was subsequently relegated to one place behind Sagan and fined 30 points - he gained 23 points today but he ended the stage with seven less than he had at the start.
Australian Champion, Simon Gerrans - Goss' teammate - took to twitter to discuss his disappointment at the decision.
"I think everyone is shaking their heads in disbelief at the commissars decision today. We just have to cop it on the chin and move on," he said.
Fellow teammate Daryl Impey agreed, "Gossy didn't deserve that. Anyway the fight for green just got more intense. No backing down for us," he tweeted.
As for Goss, here is his twitter response, "First relegation of my career...bit over the top I think. Especially the 30pts. Sorry for my @Orica_GreenEDGE teammates who worked all day."
Sagan now leads the Points Classification with 254 points, Goss is 2nd with 198. Had he kept his line,
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