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June 15, 2016
Photography by Cor Vos
Australian rider Cameron Meyer and the Dimension Data WorldTour team have parted ways with immediate effect, with Meyer citing “personal issues” for his departure.
In a team press release issued on Wednesday afternoon (AEST), Dimension Data announced that Meyer himself had requested the contract termination.
“Unfortunately I have made the tough decision to leave Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, due to ongoing personal issues I have had of recent,” Meyer said. “I have been unable to train or race at the required level that is needed for the World Tour.”
“I can not thank Douglas Ryder enough for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing program. To be able to see at first-hand the impact the team makes in Africa through the Qhubeka Foundation and for me to have involvement was truly inspiring.”
“I wish the entire team the best of luck and look forward to watching their many successes to come.”
Meyer joined the team at the start of 2016, starting his two-year contract in impressive form with second place in the Australia Road National Championships road race. He has had limited success in the months since, a 12th place overall at the Santos Tour Down Under being his best UCI-classified result of the season so far. Meyer’s last race for the team was the Tour de Romandie which concluded six weeks ago.
Meyer turned pro in 2009 when he joined Garmin-Slipstream, a setup he would ride for until he joined Orica-GreenEdge in the Australian team’s foundation year, 2012. Meyer spent four seasons with Orica-GreenEdge before making the switch to Dimension Data for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
With seven pro wins to his name, Meyer is a previous winner of the Tour Down Under, the Herald Sun Tour and two stages at the Tour de Suisse. He was a member of the stage-winning Orica-GreenEdge team time trial squads at the 2013 Tour de France and 2014 Giro d’Italia and is a two-time Australian time trial champion in his own right. He is also a former Australian criterium champion.
In addition to his achievements on the road, Meyer is an accomplished track rider, having won world championship titles in the points race (2009 and 2010), team pursuit (2010) and the Madison (2010 and 2011), in addition to three gold medals on the track at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
It is not yet clear what the immediate future holds for the 28-year-old.