Meyer ninth from the break on stage 13 of the Vuelta a EspanaFri 4 Sep 2015
Multiple track world champion Cameron Meyer has finished in ninth place from a successful breakaway on stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana.
A furious start to racing made it a difficult day to establish a move but eventually, after a huge 70km of racing, 24 riders joined together to form a big group.
As with any large group there were some who worked and others that didn’t, but the group stayed together and in front until the latter part of proceedings.
Then, they lost all cohesion, attacking each other from within before the solo move of Nelson Oliveira (Lampre – Merida) off the final descent proved successful as the remainder of the group looked at each other.
“It was a huge effort by Cameron today on what was a very difficult start,” sport director Neil Stephens said. “He was in the original break of eight, which was a fantastic break, it was just unfortunate that another break went over to them and it became a little too big.”
“Hats off to him for getting in the break, he has done some important work over the course of this Vuelta and it’s really nice to see him actually going for a stage himself.”
Meyer has been a crucial worker for ORICA-GreenEDGE’s general classification ambitions with Colombian Esteban Chaves, particularly in the mountains. Chaves finished safely in the bunch to maintain fifth overall.
“Every member of the team is important for Esteban, but Cam’s role has been particularly important as the last guy there with Esteban into the climbs,” Stephens said. “We have seen that on many stages so far and we will see it again in what is left of the Vuelta.”
How it happened:
Stage 13 started uphill and made it a battle for many, as a furious pace was set at the head of the peloton whilst the day’s breakaway sorted itself out.
After a series of attempts, what started as an eight-man group grew to a large bunch of 24 riders over the first two classified climbs.
With 100km remaining, the group had around two and a half minutes advantage but Astana kept a close eye on a couple of dangerous riders within the move.
The advantage continued to gradually draw out and with 40km to go, the escapees looked like having some chance of surviving with a gap of three and a half minutes.
The cohesion at the head of racing came to an end on the final climb as the break began to attack from within. Oliveira had the best timing to come away with the victory, one-minute ahead of his former breakaway companions. The peloton rolled through almost three minutes further behind.