Goss likely to join GreenEDGE

Matt Goss, HTC-Highroad (Sirotti)

The quickly developing GreenEDGE team are believed to be close to confirming Matt Goss as one of their most important recruits.

A clause in Goss's current contract means the Tasmanian cannot discuss his future until after September 1.

Goss has been a member of the powerful HTC-Highroad team, which will surprisingly fold at the end of this season because they could not confirm a new big-name sponsor.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed a breakout season, becoming the first Australian to win the Milan-San Remo classic.

He also made his Tour de France debut, where he was part of the leadout train for sprint ace Mark Cavendish.

Goss is aiming for next month's world road titles in Copenhagen, which should suit his sprinting abilities.

But he suffered a setback last week when illness forced him to pull out of the Vuelta a Espana.

Goss would be a major boost for GreenEDGE, who plan to focus on the European spring classics next year in their debut season.

He and GreenEDGE general manager Shayne Bannan have repeatedly declined to comment about the in-demand rider's immediate future, but Goss is likely to confirm his next contract within a week.

It is understood GreenEDGE have also signed at least one other HTC-Highroad rider.

Of the Australian contingent at HTC-Highroad, Cavendish's main leadout rider Mark Renshaw has gone to Rabobank.

Rising star Leigh Howard is yet to confirm his new team.

GreenEDGE are building an impressive roster, with Australians Simon Gerrans, Stuart O'Grady, Jack Bobridge, brothers Cameron and Travis Meyer, Simon Clarke, Baden Cooke and Matt Wilson all confirmed signings.

The team aim to achieve ProTeam status in their debut season.

They must present their first 15 rider contracts and a bank guarantee to cycling's world governing body the UCI on October 1.

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