The Garmin-Cervélo team locked up the overall win for Cam Meyer at the Tour Down Under. This is the first overall victory for the 23 year-old Meyer who won his first pro race two days earlier on stage 4.
“I am absolutely shocked but so excited a the same time,” said Meyer. “I just crossed my fingers hoping that Goss didn’t run first or second.”
Indeed, the battle for the overall came down to just a few seconds, like at the previous editions of the race. But some tough riding by the Argyle Armada helped neutralize the intermediate time bonuses, and the hard-fought final sprint went Meyer’s way.
“We wanted to be aggressive and put the pressure on HTC. Matt Wilson again in the break too, he was unbelievable.”
“There was some part of me that thought I would lose this, Matt Goss was really showing he wanted it. Hands down to him he was right up there and deserved everything he got. but thank god I got the jersey in the end!”
“I’m over the moon and thanks so much to my teammates — I wouldn’t have finished like this without them.”
“I can’t wait to celebrate with [my teammates,] it’s a great way to start the season!”
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