Git lab pipeline fails on mvn clean install

When my gitlab pipline runs it gets fails on code build stage with below error.

[ERROR] Failed to execute goal org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-clean-plugin:2.5:clean (default-clean) on project sample-app: Execution default-clean of goal org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-clean-plugin:2.5:clean failed: Plugin org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-clean-plugin:2.5 or one of its dependencies could not be resolved: Failed to collect dependencies at org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-clean-plugin:jar:2.5 -> org.apache.maven:maven-plugin-api:jar:2.0.6: Failed to read artifact descriptor for org.apache.maven:maven-plugin-api:jar:2.0.6: Could not transfer artifact org.apache.maven:maven-plugin-api:pom:2.0.6 from/to central ( Connection reset -> [Help 1]

It looks like gitlab runner cannot fetch a dependency from apache maven repo. Any clue on how to overcome this issue ?