Meyer seventh on stage two at the Tour of Quanzhou BaySun 3 Dec 2017
An aggressive second day of racing at the Tour of Quanzhou Bay in China saw Australian Cameron Meyer finish in seventh place for Mitchelton-SCOTT and automatically move up in the overall standings.
Another early breakaway shaped the stage that saw many splits over 111kilometres as the race blew apart on the climbs.
Mitchelton-SCOTT actively set a fast pace on the first climb with the breakaway around two minutes ahead and Meyer and Lucas Hamilton part of a 17rider chasing group.
Australian U23 cyclist of the year Hamilton continued to drive the pace onto the final climb and further split the group before Meyer took it up into the finale with the remnants of the breakaway still ahead.
Despite the team’s efforts the stage win went to Max Stedman (BikeChannel-Canyon) with Meyer seventh on the day and up to seventh overall going into tomorrow’s final stage.
“We set out an aggressive plan for today’s stage and the boys stuck to it very well,” said sport director Neil Stephens. “They really split the race on the climbs and yet again took up the responsibility of chasing the breakaway and both Cameron and Lucas were still up there driving it onto the final ramps.”
“It’s good to see us move up the overall after our efforts today, it will be another short, flat and fast stage tomorrow and will be difficult to try and shake things up, but we are into the top ten now will be doing our best to move up again.”
Tour of Quanzhou Bay stage two results:
1. Max Stedman (BikeChannel-Canyon) 02:51:37
2. Drew Morey (Terengganu-Cycling-Team) +0:02
3. Yemane Dawit (Eritrea) +0:17
7. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:44
General Classification after stage two:
1. Max Stedman (BikeChannel-Canyon) 04:31:17
2. Drew Morey (Terengganu-Cycling-Team) +0:06
3. Yemane Dawit (Eritrea) +0:19
7. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:54