Cameron Meyer Time Trials into Third on the Amgen Tour GCSat 18 May 2013
Cameron Meyer used the stage six individual time trial to leapfrog from sixth to third on the Amgen Tour of California general classification. He had said since stage one that he had hoped to use the technical time trial in San Jose to put in time as his main rivals. Mission accomplished.
Race leader Tejay van Garderen (BMC) proved quickest over the 31.6 kilometre effort, winning the time trial in 48’52. Meyer finished 1’28 down on van Garderen. His time was good for sixth place on the stage. Michael Rogers (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) was the only other overall contender to post a faster time than Meyer in San Jose. The trio now top the leader’s board with van Garderen 1’47 ahead of Rogers and 2’57 ahead of Meyer with two days left to race.
Although Meyer’s was confident in his ability to convert his time trial into general classification gains, it was no easy task. The course featured several technical sections and a steep climb to the finish. Riders also contended with wind gusts throughout the day.
“It was an extremely difficult time trial today,” said Sport Director Matt Wilson. “The last climb was hard, and we had some very gusty headwind sections. The wind played a huge role. Most of the time trial was into a headwind, which obviously produced very low speeds.”
Given the nature of the course, there had been much discussion about equipment with some riders choosing to swap their time trial bike for a road bike at the base of the climb up Metcalf Road.
“We discussed at length doing a bike change at the bottom,” noted Wilson. “It was agreed that the advantages would be minimal but the risks high. All of our riders stayed on their time trial bikes for their entire effort.”
Happy with the three spots and time gained today, Wilson knows the stage seven summit finish prevents another challenge.
“We’re very satisfied at the moment,” he said. “Everything has gone according to plan so far. The objective tomorrow is to get Cam to the bottom of the finishing climb in the best shape and in the best position possible. From there, we’ll let him do his thing!”