Cameron Meyer Climbs into Tour of Turkey Top TenWed 24 Apr 2013
After two stages dominated by the fast finishers, the climbers came to fore on the third stage of Tour of Turkey. Cameron Meyer was the seventh rider to reach the Gögübeli finish line. In Turkey with a focus on the overall, Meyer attacked out of the first chase group to finish 24” behind stage winner Natnael Berhane (Europcar).
“This is only Cam’s second stage race of the year,” said Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage. “It’s his first real mountain stage. We’re happy with his performance, and he’s happy with the result.”
Following yesterday’s massive pile-up, the field started with reduced numbers in Antalya. Repeated attacks animated the start of the stage. Seven riders finally broke clear after the peloton had passed both the first categorised climb and Turkish beauty sprint.
The escape group collaborated to stretch their advantage out to nearly five minutes. The peloton would not allow them anything more than that. As the hills began to take their toll on the field, the break fractured. Four riders maintained their advantage over the bunch with Astana and Colombia controlling the chase.
“The boys looked after Cam all day,” said Lapage. “They knew they had to bring him in a good position to start the last climb.”
Four became three, and three became one. Forty kilometres from the finish Bjorn Thurau (CCC Polsat Polkowice) motorpaced his two breakmates towards the finish. On the lower slopes of the final climb, Thurau forged ahead alone.
“Cam was in the right place as this moment,” said Lapage. “He had to take over on his own from here.”
Sojasun moved to the front of the bunch. Their slight pace increase was enough to catch Thurau. Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) launched the first counter-attack. He was joined up the road by Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana) and Berhane. A variance in the shape and size of the lead group continued until Berhane, Seeldraeyers, Mustafa Sayar (Torku Sekerspor) and Maxime Mederel (Sojasun) succeeded in solidifying a gap.
Behind, Meyer was part of the main chase group. Less than 500 metres from the finish, he accelerated away from the chasers. Berhane attacked the leaders to solo to victory. Meyer came in with Rory Sutherland (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) and Yoann Bagot (Cofidis, Solutions Credits). Meyer took third in the three-up sprint to finish seventh on the stage and jump up to seventh overall.
“After seeing what he could do today, we’ll try for an even better result on stage six,” said Lapage. “It’s another mountain top finish, and we have confidence that he can go well here.”
“The next stage is for Heppy [Michael Hepburn], Leigh, Tomas [Vaitkus] or [Fumy] Beppu,” added Lapage. “We’ll see if any of them can get into a breakaway and go for a result from there.”