Cameron Meyer Jumps Up to Eighth Overall After Tour de Suisse Queen Stage

Fri 14 Jun 2013

Cameron Meyer exceeded expectations on the queen stage of the Tour de Suisse. The Western Australian started the day in tenth overall. He finished in fifth place on stage seven, 22” behind stage winner Rui Costa (Movistar) and jumped up to eighth overall. With two days left in the eight day Swiss Tour, Meyer is 1’42 behind race leader Mathias Frank (BMC).

“Today went better than expected,” said Meyer “The team effort was fantastic to help me achieve the best result I’ve ever had on a mountain stage and move up on the overall. I’m really happy with my ride.”

“It was a super effort,” added White.  “Cam scrambled over the climb better than we thought he would. He went over the top with the race leader and came across as best of the rest to take his small group sprint.”

The queen stage was raced aggressively nearly from start to finish. Both Daryl Impey and Michael Albasini spent time up the road, with Impey in the move that ultimately gained true distance over the peloton.

“We knew we wanted someone in any move that had numbers,” said White. “At one point, we had Daryl and Alba in a group with 12 riders. They were brought back, and then Daryl went again. It was a great scenario for us.”

The stage included four categorised climbs, three in the second half of the stage. With Impey up the road and Albasini by his side, Meyer enjoyed support in the mountains.

“The boys did everything they could to help me,” said Meyer. “They supported me all day. I had Albasini and Impey to look after me as best they could on the climbs. I didn’t have to do anything until right at the end.”

“Albasini was with Cam for a big chunk of the last climb,” added White. “When attacks started in the break, Daryl didn’t cover any moves. Instead, he stayed out of the red and focused on looking after Cam once the break was caught.”

As the break shattered and the front group splintered, Meyer kept his composure and matched the pace of the yellow jersey group. Inside the final ten kilometres, Meyer crested the top of hors categorie Albulapass in a four rider chase group that included the yellow jersey. Costa, Bauke Mollema (Blanco), Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) led the charge to the line with Joe Dombrowski (Team Sky) and Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) in their wake.

Meyer’s group caught Dombrowski and Martin ahead of the finish. Costa won a three-up sprint to take the stage victory. Pinot crossed the line 9” later. Meyer led home his group of six across the line 22" after Costa.

“The hardest day of the tour is now behind us,” said White. “Cam probably won’t move up too much with the time trial, but he’s in a very good position. We’re very happy with how today went for him.”