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Team Garmin-Cervélo wins Tour Down Under!

Cameron Meyer Cameron Meyer of Australia, riding for the Castelli-equipped Team Garmin-Cervélo team, won the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under race on general classification by two seconds from countryman Matthew Goss (Team HTC-Highroad) while Britain’s Ben Swift (Team Sky) was third overall after winning the final stage.

This is the first overall victory for the 23 year-old Meyer who won his first pro race two days earlier on stage 4. The battle for the overall came down to just a few seconds, some tough riding by the Garmin-Cervélo team helped neutralize the intermediate time bonuses, and the hard-fought final sprint went Meyer’s way.

“I am absolutely shocked but so excited a the same time,” said Meyer. “I just crossed my fingers hoping that Goss didn’t run first or second.” “I’m over the moon and thanks so much to my teammates — I wouldn’t have finished like this without them.”

Santos Tour Down Under – Final GC:

1 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 17:54:27
2 Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:00:02
3 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:08
4 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:09
5 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:10
6 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:17
7 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:26
8 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana 0:00:27
10 Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA – Australia 0:00:28

Cameron Meyer

A happy Cameron Meyer

Garmin-Cervelo train

Tough riding by the Garmin-Cervélo team helped neutralize the intermediate time bonuses.

Tyler Farrar, Jack Bobridge - Tour Down Under, stage 4

Tyler Farrar and Jack Bobridge

Brett Lancaster, Julian Dean - Tour Down Under, stage 6

Brett Lancaster and Julian Dean

Cam Meyer

Cameron Meyer

Cam Meyer

Cameron Meyer

jack Bobridge and Travis meyer

Jack Bobridge and Travis Meyer

Photo: Team Garmin-Cervélo