Cameron Meyer Animates Aggressive Finale to Tour of Turkey Stage FiveFri 26 Apr 2013
Cameron Meyer finished on bunch time with a reduced peloton in Bodrum. The only ORICA-GreenEDGE rider to make the split over the category one climb that factored into the first hour of the race, Meyer saved his energy for the finale where he launched multiple attacks ahead of the sprint finish won by André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol). His efforts allowed him to retain his hold on seventh overall, 34" out the overall lead.
“Cam did a clever ride,” said Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage. “It’s hard when your own your own. He had to wait until late in the final to be aggressive. It’s too bad Greipel was there with two teammates. They made it as easy as possible for him the closer the race came to the finish. Great work by them and Greipel for another win.”
An eight rider escape group broke away from the bunch after the early categorised climb. Race leader Natnael Berhane (Europcar) was left with only one teammate to chase Sébastien Duret (Bretagne-Séché), Guillaume Levarlet (Cofidis), Robinson Chalapud (Team Colombia), Maxim Belkov (Katusha), Marc de Maar (Unitedhealthcare), Chris Juul-Jensen (Saxo-Tinkoff), Nazim Bekirci (Torku Seker Spor) and Andrea Pagani (Bardiani Valvole-CSF).
“Today was really hard from the beginning,” explained Lapage. “We started the category one climb immediately from the start. Certain teams saw this as a chance to isolate Berhane, so the pace on the climb was very quick. Colombia especially put the hammer down from the first climb. It was enough to split the field and leave Berhane with only one teammate for the chase. He was lucky to have other teams help bring back the break.”
“We wanted three or four guys in the front, but for us, it didn’t quite work out that way,” Lapage continued. “Leigh missed out on the split by less than 50 metres over the top of the climb. The rest of the guys had fallen away even earlier.”
Belkov was the last rider standing from the original break. The Russian rejoined the peloton inside the final ten kilometres. Meyer countered the catch with Berhane on his wheel.
The aggression continued to the line with Andrey Kashechkin (Astana), Andreas Schillinger (NetApp) and Sergey Grechyn (Torku Seker Spor) slipping clear and establishing a slim advantage only to be caught before the two kilometre mark. With the bunch back together, Meyer once again shot up the road. This time he was joined by Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida), who nearly stole the show. The Italian was overtaken by the sprinters metres before the finish line.
“Cam is looking better and better every day,” said Lapage. “We’re thinking now about tomorrow. The stage is good for him, and we want to use it to go for a better place on the overall.”