Cameron and Travis Meyer have claimed a unique piece of Australian cycling history, by becoming the first siblings to claim a stage quinella at the Tour of Tasmania. The opening day started with a morning criterium followed by a 90.1 kilometre stage, won by Junior World Track Champion Cameron Meyer.
Cameron took the solo victory, 16 seconds ahead of brother Travis in second place. The result put the pair in first and second respectively on general classification, a position Cameron at least is determined to hold on to.
"I won a stage of the Tour of Gippsland in August in the first round of this series, but was never really in contention for GC honours," said the SouthAustralia.com-AIS rider. "That [winning GC] is my goal this week and I know I've got the team around me to do it."
Holding on to the general classification lead won't be an easy task for Meyer. The Tasmanian race is only in its early stages, with another five days of racing and nine stages remaining in the race. The West Australian will face stiff competition from defending champion Kristian House, who sits third on GC having taken second place on the opening stage and finished in the main bunch at two minutes on the second stage.
The peloton will face another criterium and road race today, with the 36 kilometre criterium in Ulverstone followed by a 78.5 kilometre race from Ulverstone to Penguin.