Meyer takes fifth on stage two in China

Tue 12 Sep 2017

Two time Australian national time trail champion Cameron Meyer finished strongly to take fifth behind the late attack on stage two of the Tour of China after a strong team performance by Mitchelton-SCOTT on the races longest stage.

Meyer and Jai Hindley made it into the initial breakaway move on the hilly 197kilometre stage with Meyer taking strong steps forward by taking points in the first two king of the mountains sprints.

The break was caught with around 80kilometres remaining and a fast and aggressive approach to the finale unfolded. Meyer and Hindley remained up near the business end of the race until a trio went clear close to the finish.

Liam Bertazzo (Willer-Triestina) took the stage win from the late attack as Meyer proved to be one of the strongest of the chasers by taking fifth place from the sprint.

“The boys really dominated the stage today” said sport director Dave Sanders. “We came very close to blowing the race wide open and showed that we can race strongly on the front foot on this kind of terrain, when there are hills involved we are happy.”

“Cameron was unfortunate to miss out on a podium or even the stage win, he was one of the strongest riders within that front group and may have taken it if it had been a sprint from a compact group.

“It was a solid display from the team and I am confident that we can get some good results here. There is still a long way to go and a lot of racing ahead, but after today’s performance we’ve shown we can be up there and we are motivated for more.”

Stage three takes place on Thursday and is another mountains stage, covering 140.6kilometres around Pingchang in the northeastern Sichuan province and close to the Daba Mountains.

Tour of China stage two results:

1. Liam Bertazzo (Willier-Triestina) 04:37:08

2. Siarhei Papok (Minsk-Cycling-Club +0:01

3. Cameron Bayly (IsoWhey-Sports) ST

5. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST