Jayco Herald Sun Tour: Meyer wins in Bendigo to take overall race lead

Orica-GreenEdge and Avanti occupy top four on stage and GC

A late attack from a select group group that formed on the first climb of the day saw Cam Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) trump New Zealand national champion Joe Cooper (Avanti) to move into the overall race lead after the 146km stage. Pat Bevin (Avanti) won the sprint for third place ahead of defending champion Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) with the riders riders occupy the top of the GC in stage order.

"It was a hard day out there and from the first hill you could see it was on," said Meyer, who leads Cooper by four seconds and Bevin by 15 seconds. "There was twenty of us away and that’s how it stayed until the finish. There was lots of attacks at the finish and I had to bide my time for the right move. I love that sort of race, 20 guys just like it used to be on the track with the points race and trying to judge when to make the move and I made the right one.

"I brought an Avanti guy which was perfect, he didn’t want to give me a turn in the last 10km which I got a little angry with but I still had enough to win and I am really happy."

As Meyer, explained he knew that Cooper was unlikely to take a turn but persisted nevertheless and was rewarded for doing so.

"[I had a] few words to try and encourage him to come through but I knew his situation with three teammates behind and Pat Bevin, who’s one of the fastest [in the break], who won the sprint but it was about trying to encourage him to get that five percent," Meyer said. "He wouldn’t do it, but I managed to get him to lead the sprint out which I love coming from back in a long sprint after a hard day."

Cooper, who entered the race with aspirations for the overall explained Avanti's tactics once the break had been established.

"My role was to mark cam and when he went I was able to respond and it was one of the hardest 10km I’ve done," Cooper said. "The plan to bring it all back together for a bunch kick for Paddy, who cleaned up, but it was Cam and I up the road.

"I’m sure we’ll come up with some sort of plans to give me the edge but he’s world class and hats off to him today. He had a good ride."

A fast and uphill start

The race started with a category one climb, Mt Macedon, just four kilometres into the stage. After a primary school rendition of the national anthem, the riders headed down the hill from the Mt Macedon hotel for four kilometres only to turn around and start climbing. Orica-GreenEdge put the hammer down via Damien Howson to form a select 21-rider group on the early slopes of the climb.

The group contained Simon Clarke, Cameron Meyer, Damien Howson (Orica GreenEdge), Serge Pauwels (MTN - Qhubeka), Lucas Euser, Christopher Jones, Daniel Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare), Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli), Lachlan Norris (Drapac), Patrick Bevin, Patrick Shaw. Mark O'Brien, Joseph Cooper (Avanti), Michael Torckler, Brendan Canty (Budget Forklifts), Mitchell Cooper (Navitas Satalyst), Chris Hamilton, Lachlan Morton (KordaMentha Australian Team), Grant Ferguson, Scott Davies (Great Britain National Team) and Robert Power (U23 Australia).

When they crested for the KOM points, Rob Power (U23 Australia) grabbed maximum points ahead of Brendan Canty (Budget Forklifts) while the second group on the road, including race leader Will Clarke (Drapac) come over 35 seconds in arrears.

With the sprinters all but eliminated just 10km into the day, the breakaway's advantage had grown to 1:50 on the flat roads after the descent.

At the first sprint point of the day in Kyneton, Summerhill took the spoils ahead of Shaw and Hamilton with the advantage reaching 3:30 minutes.

At the 60km mark, the 21-riders started the ascent of the second climb of the day, up Mt Alexander, with a 50-50 split quickly occurring in the front. Power grabbed the KOM to secure himself the jersey at the podium celebrations, along with the most aggressive prize, but the group was all back together once the fast descent was made.

The peloton was over 12 minutes down on the leaders when it reached the KOM point, all impetus for the chase extinguished due to the fact the majority of the team were represented up front.

On the entry to the feed zone, the front group split again as Meyer needed a few front wheel after flatting. He chased back on and it was all back together at the front after the riders had picked up supplies.

The gap back to the peloton was steadily expanding as it hit the 17 minutes mark within the final 25km with the front group starting to anticipate the finish.

At 15km to go, Meyer launched his race winning move with Cooper the only rider to join him. On the fast entry to Bendigo, the two enjoyed a 10-second gap over the chasers with Torckler and Norris attempting to bridge but to no avail.

On the first of the two finishing laps around the gold rush city, Meyer took the points and when they came around again, it was Meyer repeating the dosage to take his first win of the season and important bonus seconds on the line.
 

Results

Stage 1 result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge3:29:47 
2Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Racing Team  
3Patrick Bevin (NZl) Avanti Racing Team0:00:10 
4Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
5Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
6Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
7Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka  
8Grant Ferguson (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
9Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
10Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
11Lachlan Morton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
12Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
13Robert Power (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
14Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
15Michael Torckler (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts  
16Chris Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
17Mitchell Cooper (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
18Mark O'Brien (Aus) Avanti Racing Team  
19Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
20Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
21Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti Racing Team  
22Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:21:06 
23Josh Edmondson (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
24Alex Clements (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team0:25:38 
25Harry Carpenter (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
26Sam Witmitz (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
27Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
28Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor  
29Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
30James Mowatt (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
31Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor  
32Adrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
33Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
34John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
35Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
36Paul van der Ploeg (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
37Michael Rice (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
38Ben Hill (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
39Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
40Joel Strachan (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
41Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka  
42Matthew Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka  
43Kristian House (GBr) JLT Condor  
44Patrick Lane (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
45Cameron Wurf (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
46Jeremy Cameron (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
47Sean Lake (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
48Stuart Shaw (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
49Grayson Napier (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
50Jackson Mawby (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
51David Edwards (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
52Jacob Kauffmann (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
53Brodie Talbot (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
54Felix English (Irl) JLT Condor  
55Robbie Hucker (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
56Michael Cuming (GBr) JLT Condor  
57Jake Kelly (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
58Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
59Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
60Nicholas Katsonis (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
61Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor  
62Jayden Copp (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
63Alexander Smyth (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
64Michael Cupitt (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
65Massimo Graziato (Ita) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
66Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
67David Melville (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
68Ryan Thomas (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
69Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
70Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
71Chris Jory (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
72Neil van der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti Racing Team  
73Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
74Jack Beckinsale (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
75Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge  
76Nicholas Schultz (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
77Cameron Bayly (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
78Nick Dougall (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka  
79Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Avanti Racing Team  
80Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka  
81Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
82Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
83Angus Lyons (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
84Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
85Tyler Spurrell (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
86William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
87Steele von Hoff (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
88Kane Walker (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
89Angus Morton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
DNFAlder Martz (USA) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
DNFOliver Kent-Spark (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
DNFThomas Robinson (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
DNFRico Rogers (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
Intermediate sprints - Kyneton
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team6 pts
2Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti Racing Team4 
3Chris Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team2 
Pall Mall Bendigo #1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge6 pts
2Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Racing Team4 
3Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti Racing Team2 
Pall Mall Bendigo #2 (Stage Finish)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge10 pts
2Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Racing Team8 
3Patrick Bevin (NZl) Avanti Racing Team6 
4Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge4 
Mountains - Mt Macedon (Cat 1)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Power (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team24 pts
2Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts16 
3Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka8 
4Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge4 
Mt Alexander (Cat 1)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Power (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team24 pts
2Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling16 
3Patrick Bevin (NZl) Avanti Racing Team8 
4Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts4 
Most aggressive
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
 Robert Power (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Orica GreenEdge10:29:41 
2Avanti Racing Team  
3UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:00:10 
4Great Britain National Team0:21:06 
5Team Budget Forklifts0:25:38 
6KordaMentha Australian National Team  
7Jayco-AIS Australian U23 National Team0:51:06 
8Drapac Professional Cycling  
9MTN - Qhubeka  
10Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
11Androni Giocattoli  
12JLT Condor1:16:34 
13Search2retain-Health.com.au Cycling Team  
14Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
15African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
16Data #3 Symantec Racing Team P/B Scody  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge3:32:15 
2Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Racing Team0:00:04 
3Patrick Bevin (NZl) Avanti Racing Team0:00:15 
4Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:00:19 
5Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:23 
6Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
7Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:00:24 
8Lachlan Morton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:00:27 
9Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:28 
10Mitchell Cooper (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
11Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:29 
12Robert Power (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
13Chris Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
14Michael Torckler (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:30 
15Grant Ferguson (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
16Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
17Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti Racing Team  
18Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:00:31 
19Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
20Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:00:32 
21Mark O'Brien (Aus) Avanti Racing Team0:00:34 
22Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:21:23 
23Josh Edmondson (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:21:31 
24William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:25:45 
25Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:25:46 
26Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
27Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge0:25:47 
28Neil van der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti Racing Team  
29Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
30Paul van der Ploeg (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
31Steele von Hoff (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:25:48 
32Sam Witmitz (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:25:49 
33Felix English (Irl) JLT Condor0:25:50 
34Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka  
35Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
36Kristian House (GBr) JLT Condor0:25:51 
37Jack Beckinsale (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
38Tyler Spurrell (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody0:25:52 
39Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
40Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
41John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
42David Edwards (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
43Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor  
44James Mowatt (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
45Harry Carpenter (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team0:25:53 
46Matthew Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka  
47Ryan Thomas (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
48Cameron Bayly (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
49Angus Lyons (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
50Nick Dougall (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka  
51Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Avanti Racing Team0:25:54 
52Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
53Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka  
54Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
55Jackson Mawby (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
56Michael Cuming (GBr) JLT Condor  
57Cameron Wurf (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:25:55 
58Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
59Jayden Copp (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
60Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
61Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
62Michael Cupitt (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
63Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor  
64Chris Jory (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
65Ben Hill (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
66Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor  
67Kane Walker (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
68Alexander Smyth (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:25:56 
69Adrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
70Jake Kelly (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
71Jacob Kauffmann (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
72Massimo Graziato (Ita) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
73Michael Rice (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
74Joel Strachan (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
75Robbie Hucker (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:25:57 
76Sean Lake (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
77Patrick Lane (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
78Grayson Napier (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team0:25:58 
79Stuart Shaw (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
80Angus Morton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
81Brodie Talbot (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:25:59 
82Jeremy Cameron (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
83Nicholas Schultz (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:26:00 
84Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:26:02 
85David Melville (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
86Nicholas Katsonis (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team0:26:03 
87Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
88Alex Clements (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team0:26:04 
89Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:26:06 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge16 pts
2Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Racing Team12 
3Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team6 
4Patrick Bevin (NZl) Avanti Racing Team6 
5Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti Racing Team6 
6Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge4 
7Chris Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team2 
King of the mountains
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Power (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team48 pts
2Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts20 
3Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling16 
4Patrick Bevin (NZl) Avanti Racing Team8 
5Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka8 
6Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge4 
Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain National Team3:32:43 
2Mitchell Cooper (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
3Robert Power (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team0:00:01 
4Chris Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
5Grant Ferguson (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:02 
6Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:20:55 
7Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:25:18 
8Jack Beckinsale (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team0:25:23 
9Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:25:24 
10David Edwards (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Orica GreenEdge10:37:31 
2Avanti Racing Team0:00:02 
3UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:00:29 
4Great Britain National Team0:21:29 
5Team Budget Forklifts0:25:55 
6KordaMentha Australian National Team0:25:56 
7Drapac Professional Cycling0:51:07 
8MTN - Qhubeka0:51:22 
9Jayco-AIS Australian U23 National Team0:51:23 
10Navitas Satalyst Racing Team0:51:31 
11Androni Giocattoli0:51:41 
12JLT Condor1:16:47 
13Charter Mason Giant Racing Team1:16:48 
14Data #3 Symantec Racing Team P/B Scody1:16:51 
15Search2retain-Health.com.au Cycling Team1:16:57 
16African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team1:17:03 

 

Related Articles

Back to top