The 25-year-old reached the pinnacle of his professional career when he played a big part in the nine-man ORICA-GreenEDGE team victory in the stage four time trial in Nice.
The world team pursuit, madison and time-trial specialist led the Australian team down the start ramp with Svein Tuft. The two Tour debutants each took long, steady pulls to get the team up to speed. In a supreme, team effort, everyone did their share as ORICA-GreenEDGE scorched over the 25km course in 25 minutes 56 seconds ” the fastest time ever recorded in a Tour time trial..
The Helena Valley rider said the achievement had not yet sunk in.
‘It will tomorrow, I guess, when we are riding on the front and have the yellow jersey behind,’ he said.
He later celebrated the performance on Twitter.
‘What a moment. That was one of the experiences of a lifetime,’ he Tweeted. ‘A performance I will never forget. I am a Tour de France Stage Winner.’
Although not one of the fancied teams in the time trial, Meyer had predicted a strong performance.
‘Less then an hour now until our Teams TT. I predict average speeds above 56km hour and with a yellow jersey up for grabs it’s going to be on,’ he Tweeted on ?@cammeyercyclist
The time-trial victory enabled Australian ORICA-GreenEDGE team-mate Simon Gerrans to carry the yellow jersey for a second day.
At the end of Wednesday’s stage six of the Tour, Australians were running first and second in the most prestigious cycling classic in the world. Gerrans led from teammate Daryl Impey, who reversed the order to take the yellow jersey from Gerrans in Thursday night’s stage seven.
The team was hoping to carry the yellow jersey all the way to tonight’s mountain stage in the Pyrenees.