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by Mark Zalewski

January 12, 2017

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In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cam Meyer heads UniSA-Australia Tour Down Under lineup; Sarah Storey says UCI was warned about short notice for track championships; Albert responds to Mathieu van der Poel insult; Adri van der Poel responds to Neils Albert’s critcism; Stybar ready for 2017 season; British Cycling announces UCI Cyclocross World ; Paul Voss retires after not finding a new team; Patrick Gretsch announces retirement; Assen to host 2017 INAS world championships; Handcyclist versus fixie; Fixie in a winter wonderland.

Cam Meyer heads UniSA-Australia Tour Down Under lineup

by CyclingTips

The 2017 UniSA-Australia lineup for the Tour Down Under will feature Cameron Meyer, the 2011 winner of the race and a multiple world champion on the track. Meyer, who most recently raced for the Dimension Data team, stepped away from the road side of the sport in mid-2016 to focus on the track, but said that racing the 2017 Tour Down Under was still a goal.

“He’s obviously a former winner of the race and he’s had a distinguished career on the road and track,” race director Mike Turtur said.

“He’s a class all-rounder, but he can mix it on the climbs in our race and the small group sprint finishes will be ideal for him. This is a great opportunity (for Meyer) to get a good result here, and he has a young, strong team around him.”

The UniSA-Australia team is the national team permitted by the UCI to race in a WorldTour event. In addition to Meyer are Rio Olympic silver medallist Callum Scotson, who won the Australian U23 time trial last week, as well as Sam Jenner who won the Australian U23 road race title.

Rounding out the team are Lucas Hamilton, Michael Storer, Jai Hindley and Nathan Earle.

Today’s feature image shows Wout van Aert (erandasWillems-Crelan) on his way to winning the Belgian National Cyclocross Championship.

  • Neil

    Not sure what I think of Cam Meyer being selected for the TDU. Personally, I think it should be for up and comers. Same applies for Bobridge, Von Hoff in previous years.
    Anyone want to let me know what a janker is? Simple swap of a w?

    • Gavin Adkins

      Agree re Cam Meyer. I think Ben Dyball was very unlucky to miss out after his performance at nationals and could make better use of such an opportunity. Also, I’ve seen a comment that ‘janker’ means whiner or whinger.

    • I agree Neil, surely Ben Dyball should get a start after his race at the nationals. If i was racing NRS I’d be disheartened by the constant selection of exPro’s in the UniSA team.

    • Michele

      I agree Neil … all the more so since Cam has scaled back his time on the road.

      Once could argue he brings experience to a young bunch of developing riders; someone they can learn from. But I reckon the rest of the UniSA team will be on a steep learning curve regardless.

      I much prefer it when UniSA have been given a bit of a free reign in the TDU; trying to get into the day’s break, look for opportunistic wins, etc. Not that they have said so – but if Myer is made protected rider, there’s a possibility the rest of the team will likely play domestique. Of course, they will learn from doing so; but personally I reckon they should go the ‘youth policy’ and ‘throw them to the wolves’ to give them a better idea of what the WT is all about.

      • DaveRides

        Having a leader to work for is a vital component of throwing the young guys to the wolves.

        They’ll get an exposure to how advanced race tactics actually work in a WT race (something they won’t get in NRS which is dominated by one superteam) rather than just going full gas in a break until they pop and then getting a sympathy clap at the finish line as the broom wagon follows them home.

        • Michele

          Yep, I agree: I just think they should have made their leader a young rider [I’m assuming they will make Cam the Team Leader]. Why have an up and comer as Leader, and Meyer be Road Captain?

          • DaveRides

            Perhaps because Meyer is the only one selected who has what it takes? This is a national team aiming to represent the national colours with pride, not a development team.

            I’m pretty sure the CA selectors do put at least a little research into this sort of decision and don’t just pull names out of a hat.

    • Pete

      Will Callum Scotson be wearing BMC kit or UniSA?

      • Michele

        I think he’ll be wearing the National Champions Jersey ;)

        • jules

          his brother might want it back :)

        • Pete

          No, his brother Miles will though ;)

      • Neil

        I think you have confused Callum and his brother, Miles.

        • jules

          Callum rides for the BMC development team, but will be with UniSA for the TDU. I’d say he’s going to be wearing UniSA kit as he’s not on the BMC World Tour team. I think it was Mike who may have confused the 2

          • Michele

            Jules – I was just stirring the pot. Although I am perpetually confused.

      • DaveRides

        He will probably have space for a BMC logo on his UniSA-Australia shorts.

    • Mark Zalewski

      Something to be said for having an experienced leader though?

      • Neil

        I thought Nathan Earle was filling that role.
        I guess it comes down to the why of UniSa. Do they exist to get a good result on GC? Or are they an opportunity for young guns to show what they’ve got?

        • Mark Zalewski

          Cannot be both?

          • Neil

            Yes, depending on how you do it. Jack Haig rode a great gc a couple of years ago, while some of the other riders got a shot at breakaways, late attacks, etc. This could happen, unless the team have to ride to protect a position or jersey. The question remains, is Meyer the right guy in this role? There are two former WT riders in the team. One is currently without a contract, the other would have one, but decided to take a step back. If he’s chasing GC, someone else is missing the opportunity to show what they can do, who actually wants to race as a road pro.

            • jules

              based on his record, Meyer is the obvious choice as the team’s GC rider. I agree it’s kind of a missed opportunity for someone else who doesn’t have the luxury of choosing to step down from the WT, but I’m unsure there’s anyone else on the team who would have a realistic shot at GC. also Meyer’s circumstances may have played a role in his being given an opportunity to shine here, it’s important not to just spit out talented riders who may have struggled with the pro lifestyle – which is not as romantic as most of us may like to believe. I hope he does well.

              • Gavin Adkins

                I don’t think they need to have a GC rider. I mean, it’s a tough call, but the more I think it about it, Cam Meyer or no Cam Meyer, it’s difficult to see why Ben Dyball did not get a ride.

                • jules

                  apparently Dyball will ride the Sun Tour. I reckon he should have his own cheer squad as underdog :)

    • Bex

      agreed, with the guys above. I like Cam and enjoy his racing on the track, but Uni SA should be a team of up and comers. Same with Nathan Earle, he’s got a team for next year so even more reason he shouldn’t be selected. i’d prefer to see the young guns give it a crack. I wouldn’t like to see the guy’s riding for myer rather than trying to get in a break or take some opportunity later in the stage.

    • Surger

      Best match for ‘Janker’ in English is CRY-BABY

  • Pete

    Hoping Canty might get to ride the SunTour for National team or maybe as ‘guest’ for Pat’s Veg

    • Mark

      And deprive another up and coming rider of the opportunity to race their biggest race of their life and/or year for him to do his lowest level race of the year?

      • Pete

        I’d still consider BC an up & coming rider.
        For him to get the chance to go head-to-head with Froome & Chaves could be a great chance to make his mark
        Who knows when he’ll next get the chance to see what he can do against them?

      • DaveRides

        Maybe that could actually be the right path to take (if the UCI Regulations would permit Canty to race against his pro team’s development squad) if some of the other ‘up and coming’ riders might not be ready yet – remember that the national team at the Herald-Sun Tour won’t be able to select riders from the Continental teams, leaving a selection pool of just riders on pro teams not entered in the race or domestic teams.

        Sometimes there has to be more to development than just pushing young guys through as fast as possible and hope that a few of them might stick around rather than retiring at the age of 24.

    • DaveRides

      Guest riders are only allowed for domestic teams (which can’t compete in the Herald-Sun race as it has a 2.1 classification) and not UCI Continental teams like DPV even if they are officially a pro team’s development squad.

      I’m not entirely sure, but if DPV is racing he might not be able to ride for the national team as he’d be racing against his own team’s development squad.

  • Bex

    The hand cycle in traffic looks terrifying; watching him overtake the cars, it’s not even as high as the side window so they’d have no clue he’s beside them if they don’t see in the mirror. all the same was good to see those two mixing it up, i didn’t realise the hand cycle could go so fast.

    • velocite

      The cadence on the fixie was impressive. What could his max have been?

  • DaveRides

    Spectacular front page of the Advertiser today, could this Sarah Reed shoot be an early contender for the second Mark Gunter award season?

    https://twitter.com/OricaScott/status/819278058431475712

    The Reece Homfray article inside to go with it is not bad, but of course nothing that real fans haven’t read about AVV already. Interesting that she has her brakes set up the other way around.

    • Pete23

      that’s pretty common in europe. Most bikes are sold with the left brake set up as the front brake. If you think about it, it’s a much better cable bend to get to the front brake that way

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