Tour de France line-up for rider from the Valley

Ready to ride: Cameron Meyer gives the thumbs up at the recent Tour de Suisse.
Ready to ride: Cameron Meyer gives the thumbs up at the recent Tour de Suisse.

The 25-year-old Helena Valley rider was over the moon earlier this week when he was named as part of the nine-man squad for the Australian Orica-GreenEDGE team in the Tour.

‘Been selected for my first Tour de France with @Orica-GreenEDGE. Very excited to start the 100th edition of the race. Life dream coming true,’ Meyer tweeted to followers.

The Western Australian recently finished 10th overall in the Tour de Suisse after winning the stage one time trial and spending two days in the yellow jersey.

The Tour kicks off tonight on the island of Corsica and ends on July 21.

Orica-GreenEDGE Sport Director Matt White said the team was stronger than last year and was looking for at least a stage win.

‘Last year, we brought together a group of riders who hadn’t raced together much before the Tour de France,’ he said.

‘This year, we have six who raced the Tour together last year and five who recently worked together at the Tour de Suisse.’

He said Meyer had four Grand Tour starts and two finishes to his name.

‘Cam comes to the Tour off the back of a consistent last couple of months where he finished in the top 10 overall at Turkey, California and Switzerland,’ he said. ‘We haven’t previously had anyone for the high mountain stages.

‘But with the form he showed us last week in Switzerland, we realise that Cam gives us an option. He can climb with a very select group of riders and that opens us up to opportunities on stages that we’ve been forced to overlook in the past.’

The team will be captained by Stuart O’Grady, who has appeared in every Tour de France since he made his debut in 1997.

With 16 Tour de France starts, 14 finishes, two stage wins and nine days in yellow to his name, O’Grady is the most experienced Grand Tour rider in the professional peloton. The SA rider will equal the record set by George Hincapie for most Tour de France starts this year. Matt Goss is the team’s designated leader for the sprint stages. The Tasmanian gave ORICA-GreenEDGE its first Grand Tour win last year at the Giro d’Italia. He came close to repeating the feat at the Tour, where he sprinted to five stage podiums. Lining up for his fourth Tour de France start, Goss is focused on pulling off a stage win in the sprints.

The Orica-GreenEDGE team: Matt Goss (AUS), Daryl Impey (South Africa), Brett Lancaster (AUS), Svein Tuft (Canada), Simon Gerrans (AUS), Michael Albasini (Swiss), Simon Clarke (AUS) and Cameron Meyer (AUS).