The 26-year-old collected his maiden Grand Tour stage win at last year’s Giro and features in a team that has no real GC contenders.
“Matt has had a solid start to the year,” said team director Neil Stephens.
“He pulled off a good stage win at Tirreno-Adriatico in rainy, complicated conditions. He’s had a great run in the finish at other races as well.
“At the Giro we will be looking to Gossy for another stage win.”
The full team is Goss, Brett Lancaster, Christian Meier, Jens Keukeleire, Jens Mouris, Howard, Luke Durbridge, Pieter Weening and Svein Tuft.
“At every race we try to cover our bases. Sometimes the team is chosen because of the team time trial or overall goals,” explained Stephens.
“Sometimes we chose the opportunists who know how to go after a crafty stage win.
“Above everything, we’ll work hard on the lead out train for the sprinters.
“Also, of second importance, is allowing the opportunist to go in breaks in the second half of the Giro. We hope the consequence of meeting these goals means marking off stage wins in the record books.”
The event starts in Naples on Saturday and is exclusively live in the UK on British Eurosport.
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