Cameron Meyer Jumps to Sixth Overall after Tour of Turkey Summit FinishFri 26 Apr 2013
Cameron Meyer used the summit finish on Tour of Turkey stage six to advance one spot on the overall classification. The Australian was eighth in Selçuk, finishing 30” behind stage winner and new race leader Mustafa Sayar (Torku Sekerspor).
“The boys brought Cam into a good position coming into the final climb,” said Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage. “Cam took over from there. As I’ve said throughout the week, Cam is coming better every day in Turkey. He’s ready now for California and Suisse.”
It was an aggressive start to a hot day of Turkish racing. The escape attempts were relentless until two riders managed to slip away from the bunch beyond the 40 kilometre mark. Cristian Delle Stelle (Bardiani Valvole-CSF) and Aldo Ino Ilesic (Unitedhealthcare) took advantage of the green light they were given by the peloton and built up a maximum advantage of 9’50 in the second hour of the race.
“It was a really hot day today with a lot of headwind in the final part of the race,” noted Lapage. “Getting into the break wasn’t easy today, and it was kind of suicide to go in the move. We were happy to leave this to other teams.”
With only two riders up the road, Europcar set a relaxed tempo at the head of affairs in defence of Natnael Berhane’s race lead. Sojasun contributed to the pace-making, and the two French teams cut the gap down steadily in the second half of the stage. Thirty kilometres from the finish, the breakaway had rejoined the bunch, and the peloton had dramatically picked up the pace.
“We had the idea to make the race hard before the second category climb, the one before the summit finish,” explained Lapage. “Because of the headwind, the boys had to change the plan on the fly. Instead of focusing on the second to last climb we focused on the final one. Coming into this part of the race, we have five guys on the front.”
Astana, Cofidis, Columbia and Sojasun joined ORICA-GreenEDGE in raising the tempo as the road wound toward the ancient site of Ephesus. Meyer’s teammates left him well-positioned at the base of the summit finish, and Meyer was left to his own devices from there.
The pace and gradient served to shatter the peloton, and an elite group began to take shape at the front. Meyer was firmly ensconced in the front group when Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) launched an attack three kilometres from the finish. Sayer countered the move, and he blitzed passed Edet en route to stage victory.
Shortly after, Edet was joined and then dropped by his teammate Yoann Bagot. Sayer won the stage solo, 18” ahead of Bagot. Edet crossed the line at 23”. Meyer was part of a small group of riders that reached the line 7” behind Edet.
“It was a good day for the team and great work by Cam,” said Lapage. “We said yesterday that we hoped to use today’s stage to move up on the overall, and we accomplished that objective with Cam now in sixth place.”