Meyer wins men's Commonwealth Games time trial gold

Silver for Harry Tanfield, Bronze for Bond

Cameron Meyer missed the Australian gold rush on the track but the 30-year-old was in a league of his own as he rode to victory in the Commonwealth Games time trial. Meyer won with a comfortable 30-second margin over Harry Tanfield (England) and further two seconds over Olympic rowing gold medallist Hamish Bond (New Zealand).

Callum Scotson (Australia) and James Oram (New Zealand) rounded out the top five.

"It was probably only two weeks ago that we decided," Meyer said of his late selection for the race. "It was my track coach Tim Decker who approached me. He knew I had good aerobic form and I was concentrated on the points race, which is a 45-minute effort, and today is roughly the same. He said, 'Cam I reckon you could give it a crack in the time trial'. And I said why not? We scrambled a bike together and did the measurements and had a crack."

Meyer hadn't ridden a TT in over two years due to his focus on the track and the 2020 Olympic Games. "I broke my collarbone in the last one I did," Meyer said of the stage 17 time trial at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana. "I couldn't be more thrilled than I am today and I have to thank all the staff."

The gold medal is the 11th of the home Commonwealth Games in 2018 for Australia having also topped the track medal tally. For Meyer, the gold is his fourth at the Commonwealth Games having won three on the track in 2010.

How it unfolded

First off the line was David Kinja, the 46-year-old making his fifth appearance at the Commonwealth Games, with the Kenyan setting the early benchmark of 54:35 minutes.

Of the medal challengers in the first wave of starters, individual pursuit champion Charlie Tanfield set a blistering pace, sweeping up riders on his way to the turnaround.

Australian Callum Scotson punctured inside the opening 10km, the change of rear amounting to around 20 seconds of wait time.

At the 17 kilometre turn around point, Tanfield set a new best time by over one minute but Olympic rowing gold medallist Hamish Bond would better that by 15 seconds.

From the first wave of riders, Tanfield and Scotson were the only riders within one minute of Bond. The Englishman at 15 seconds and Scotson at 20 seconds.

On the run back to the finish line, Tanfield held his fast time and moved into the hot seat with a time of 50:42 minutes. He reign wasn't to last long as Scotson shaved off 1:07 minutes to move into the gold medal position.

Bond was the next rider to cross the line, finishing 50 seconds ahead of Scotson to hold the gold medal position.

In the second wave of riders, IP silver medallist John Archibald (Scotland) crashed hard into a barrier in the opening kilometres of his ride. Eventually, he would finish 11th.

James McLaughlin (Guernsey) was looking dangerous at the first time check but it was Harry Tanfield getting the better of his brother by eight seconds. Cam Meyer though would claim the fastest time by almost 30 seconds.

McLaughlin continued his fast ride and posted the second quickest time at the 17km time check. At the finish, the 27-year-old moved into the bronze medal position.

The battle though was between Tanfield and Meyer with Bond nervous in the hot seat.

At the final time check, Tanfield was a handful of seconds ahead of Bond who could only watch on. Digging deep in a desperate final kilometre, Tanfield held on to move into the hot seat by two seconds.

Tanfield hardly had time to take up his on the podium before Meyer came through had moved into a gold medal winning position by a comfortable margin. A handful of riders were left to finish, including Joseph Areruya (Rwanda) as the last starter who would finish 13th, before Meyer could truly celebrate. The result soon confirmed as Meyer continued his recovery before soaking in the occasion and rejoicing his first Commonwealth Games medal on the road.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cameron Meyer (Australia)0:48:13 
2Harry Tanfield (England)0:00:30 
3Hamish Bond (New Zealand)0:00:32 
4Callum Scotson (Australia)0:01:22 
5James Oram (New Zealand)0:01:27 
6James McLaughlin (Guernsey)0:01:41 
7Marcus Christie (Northern Ireland)0:02:29 
8Charlie Tanfield (England)  
9Ian Bibby (England)0:02:30 
10Brendon Davids (South Africa)0:03:31 
11John Archibald (Scotland)0:03:48 
12Sebastian Tremlett (Guernsey)0:03:57 
13Joseph Areruya (Rwanda)0:04:11 
14Jay Lamoureux (Canada)0:04:33 
15Peter Kibble (Wales)0:04:42 
16Mark Stewart (Scotland)  
17Jack English (Guernsey)0:04:54 
18Derek Gee (Canada)0:04:58 
19Dirk Coetzee (Namibia)0:05:03 
20Andreas Miltiadis (Cyprus)  
21Jake Kelly (Isle of Man)0:05:10 
22Samuel Brand (Isle of Man)0:05:32 
23Jack Rebours (Jersey)  
24Valens Ndayisenga (Rwanda)0:05:53 
25Xeno Young (Northern Ireland)0:05:54 
26Daniel Halksworth (Jersey)0:05:59 
27Kyle Gordon (Scotland)0:06:20 
28David Kinja (Kenya)0:06:22 
29Christopher Rougier-Lagane (Mauritius)0:06:52 
30Alexandre Mayer (Mauritius)0:06:55 
31Derek Barbara (Gibraltar)0:07:03 
32Charles Kagimu (Uganda)0:07:25 
33Nathan Draper (Isle of Man)0:07:54 
34Hasani Hennis (Anguilla)0:07:58 
35Anthony Boakye Dankwah (Ghana)0:08:23 
36Abdul Abdul Mumin (Ghana)0:08:27 
37Martin Freyer (Namibia)0:09:59 
38Gregory Rougier-Lagane (Mauritius)0:10:00 
39Avishka Mawathage (Sri Lanka)0:10:35 
40Giovanni Lovell (Belize)0:10:47 
41Oscar Quiroz (Belize)0:10:49 
42Jyme Bridges (Antigua and Barbuda)0:10:55 
43Adam Jamieson (Canada)0:11:27 
44Christopher Gerry (Seychelles)0:11:42 
45Chamika Kumara (Sri Lanka)0:12:35 
46Jeffery Kelsick (Antigua and Barbuda)0:12:57 
47Julian Bellido (Gibraltar)0:13:33 
48Edgar Arana (Belize)0:13:43 
49Bram Sanderson (Dominica)0:14:34 
50Sherwin Osborne (Anguilla)0:16:00 
51Ali Kamara (Sierra Leone)0:21:01 
52Anthony Colebrook (Bahamas)0:22:46 
53Jeff Esparon (Seychelles)0:23:02 
DNFMahmoud Keita (Sierra Leone)  
DNSNich Dlamini (South Africa)  
DNSJoseph Sheriff (Gibraltar)  

 

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