Mission Accomplished: Cameron Meyer Rounds out Tour de Suisse Top TenSun 16 Jun 2013
When he set season goals with his coach ahead of his second year with ORICA-GreenEDGE, Cameron Meyer identified a top ten in the Tour de Suisse as a main objective. After nine days of difficult racing in Switzerland, Meyer achieved that goal. The Western Australian closed out the tour in tenth overall, 3’44 behind race winner Rui Costa (Movistar). It is Meyer’s third top ten overall of the season adding to fifth place at the Amgen Tour of California and sixth in Tour of Turkey.
“My goal before the start of the tour was to achieve a top ten finish, and I’ve accomplished that,” said Meyer. “I started today in tenth overall, and my aim was to hold that same position. I’m very happy.”
An atypical individual time trial settled the general classification. Although only 26.8 kilometres in length, the time trial ended with 10.3 uphill kilometres with a nine percent average gradient. The brutal profile required some creativity.
“I had done a recon of the course three our four weeks ago when I came to Switzerland with my coach,” Meyer explained. “The time trial started off with 17 kilometres of flat and then headed up a mountain for ten kilometres. This is very different than a normal time trial. We went in with the plan to do a bike change. I rode a time trial bike for the first part of the course and then switched to a road bike at the bottom of the climb.”
“We also had a special guest to help with the bike change,” Meyer continued. “Michael Albasini has a friend that is a professional bobsledder. He rode in the car with us, and after we switched bikes, he ran with me to push me uphill. It was pretty awesome to have him help out the team.”
Meyer crossed the finish line in 52’54. By stage end, the time was good for 15th place, 1’48 behind Costa. More importantly, it secured his spot in the top ten overall.
“My personal highlight was the stage seven summit finish,” said Meyer. “It was a long day in the saddle at 205 kilometres with a finish in La Punt after the Albula Pass. I was fifth on the stage, and I think that set me up for the overall. I moved up to eighth over the stage, and that gain allowed me to stay in the top ten before today’s stage and finish in top ten after the time trial.”
“We worked really well together as a team this week,” Meyer continued. “I learned a lot from riding with my more experienced teammates. This is the first tour I’ve ridden with Gossy [Matt Goss], Stuey [Stuart O’Grady] and [Daryl] Impey. They taught me a lot about being in the right position at the right time and the different ways I can conserve my energy, which proved important over the nine days of racing. We achieved a lot, and I think it’s safe to say everyone is looking good ahead of the Tour de France.”