TRAVIS TRIUMPHS IN NEW ZEALAND

SouthAustralia.com-AIS new recruit Travis Meyer yesterday won overall honours in the Trust House Classic in New Zealand with a dominant performance that included two stage wins.

The 18 year old West Australian also won the under-23 title, finished third in the sprint classification and led SouthAustralia.com-AIS to victory in the teams title.

Meyer finished the 580km event with a total race time of 14hr27min09sec. 1min51sec clear of second placed Robin Reid (NZL – Delmaine Foods) and more than five minutes faster than Australian David Pell (Savings & Loans).

He took over the race lead on the second day of the five day, seven stage event and held it all the way to the end.

Meyer, who has won five Junior World Championship titles on the track in the past two years, went into yesterday’s final stage with a margin that should have allowed him to coast to victory but he had other ideas. The teenager raced the one hour plus three laps of the 750m circuit with a vengeance launching two solo attacks and lapping all bar six of the 70-strong field.

“I wanted to ride strong to show I was the true winner,” said Meyer, who became the youngest ever tour winner. “I didn’t expect to win like that but I wanted a hard race.

“It’s unbelievable to have won a great, hard tour and to beat some of these guys in my first major one is just fantastic,” he said.

But there was no time for celebration as Meyer was up at 3am this morning for an early flight back to Sydney for this week’s Australian Track Cycling Championships.

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