Aussie cyclists finish off the pace
Australia’s Cameron Meyer and Luke Durbridge have found it tough going in their world championships debut in the men’s time trial in the Netherlands.
The boss of the Australian men’s road team Matt White said last week that a top ten finish was a realistic goal for the young riders.
However the testing 45.7km course through the undulating Limburg region took its toll on the pair after they guided Orica-GreenEdge to bronze in Sunday’s team time trial.
Meyer finished 16th on Wednesday, just under three minutes behind German powerhouse Tony Martin, with last year’s world U/23 champion Durbridge another 18 seconds back in 21st position.
Martin pipped American Taylor Phinney by 5.3 seconds, with a winning time of 58 minutes and 38.80 seconds, to claim back to back world titles.
“I would have liked to go top ten,” said Meyer.
“When it started raining at the start I wasn’t too keen on that.
“It’s not my forte to go in the wet and also it’s just different conditions for guys that went off earlier than guys who went in the middle and guys who go at the end.
“Unfortunately I started in the wet (although it) got a little bit drier towards the end.
“It really is a tough course.”
Durbridge, 21, lost radio contact during Wednesday’s race but said the loss of communication was not to blame for his result.
“It’s been a while since I’ve gone out there and not been going in a time trial,” he said.
“(I’m) disappointed and obviously it’s not the way you want to finish. I was expecting a lot more of myself (but) that’s the way it is.”
The next major race at the championships is Saturday’s 129km women’s road race.© AAP 2013