Two days before the opening Team Time Trial stage of the 2011 Giro d’Italia, Cameron Meyer reveals some of the preparations for Garmin-Cervelo’s race.
In this video, he reveals his own time trial bike, and the inside of the team’s truck, where both the team’s mechanics and soigneurs are at work.
“Normally I’m not allowed in here, this is a once-only exclusive of me getting in this truck”, he says.
“We have 60 pairs of wheels here at the Giro. Everyone has one or two time trial bikes, plus at two race bikes each, plus I’m sure there’s a few spares”
The 23-year old Australian National Time Trial Champion and current Track World Champion in team pursuit and madison is riding the Giro for the third time this year.
Throughout the Giro, he will be making video blogs for Cyclingnews, giving an insight into racing the Italian Grand Tour. Keep checking the videos page for his updates. You can check out Cam's website, right here.
What an interesting last 24 hours I’ve had. Yesterday was the opening stage of this years Giro. An 8.4km prologue around the streets of Amsterdam.
Riders had the chance of riding on the course for 2 hours in the morning when it was closed to all traffic. A fairly technical course with wet roads. This made the corners a little sketchy and a rider who is willing to sacrifice everything on the slippery roads with the chance of crashing was going to win the race. I felt pretty good in my morning ride and although the course did not really suit my style I was going to give it a fair go to test the legs out.
After returning to the hotel in the middle of the day for lunch my sickness hit me again and I was 'man down'. It was not a good start for the first day of the Giro.
I went to the race feeling like a bomb had just exploded inside me and was told to take it really easy in the race, get through it safe and try to get some antibiotics in me after with a good nights sleep to help remove this from my body. Still, being in the green and gold in front of millions of people watching world wide I was not going to go like a snail. I finished mid-field and showed just maybe there are still some good legs inside me and if I can clear these sick feelings I can ride myself back into this Tour.
Congratulations to Bradley Wiggins who handled I'm sure much pressure to come out on top of day one. We had David Millar post a respectable 7th with Sven, Tyler and Christian also putting in good rides.
After 11 hours sleep I have awoken this morning to a better feeling. I have a little more energy and the sickness has calmed down a little bit. Hopefully a good sign that it is leaving my system. I am determined to finish stage 21 and help my team as much as possible.
Fingers crossed for a good day on the bike and Go Tyler.
Yesterday was such a cold day. It was just 7 degrees and raining so I spent an easy one-hour ride on the wind trainer to get the legs moving and the rest of the day relaxing. Unfortunately as I look out of the window this morning things aren’t that much better and it’s cold and raining.
A big highlight so far was the team’s presentation. We were bussed into the centre of Amsterdam which was a new experience to me. I have never been to Amsterdam and what a vibrant city it is. Some nice looking ladies, cafes, clothes stores and the red light district. Oh sorry, I was not meant to add that. Far from an Australian looking place that's for sure.
Being presented in front of hundreds of people is always a daunting prospect but this year being my second Grand Tour I was much more relaxed and enjoyed the event. David Millar was our captain and talked to the crowd and before we knew it we were back to the hotel for massages and dinner.
I am looking forward to starting the Giro off today in Amsterdam. Huge crowds are expected and wearing my Australian Champion colours will be a proud moment. Look out for David Millar to be up there for our team and Tyler Farrar to place well and look to stay as close to the top in hopes of taking the leaders jersey over the next couple of days. As for the green and gold, my aim is the team time trial and today is a good hit out for that.
Multiple track World Champion and Australian national time trial champion, Cameron Meyer is one of the sport's brightest young stars. This month he'll compete in his second Grand Tour at the Giro d'Italia and you can read his exclusive blog, right here on Cyclingnews.