Commonwealth Games time trial champion Cameron Meyer took victory in Stage Two of the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain after sprinting to win from a day-long breakaway in Barnstaple, Devon on Monday (3 September).
The Australian rider, who last claimed a road race victory in February 2015, beat breakaway companion Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF) after the pair had been a part of the stage’s five-man escape group that went clear in the opening 15 kilometres following the start at Cranbrook, one of England’s newest towns.
"It was always going to be close," said Meyer of the thrilling finale. "I heard that the gap was one minute with 10 kilometres to go, and that there was a strong group of favourites coming fast from behind, so I wanted to push on. It’s been a few years since I rode in this race, but I remember getting caught twice inside final kilometre. I didn’t want déjà vu to happen again."
Italian Tonelli, whose sole professional victory to date came in this year’s Tour of Croatia, spoke of his joy at claiming the OVO Energy Green Jersey.
"I went in the breakaway and that was my job for today – the jersey is a special prize," he said. "I pushed hard in the final kilometres as my DS told me that I could get the Green Jersey – and here I am."
Top Brit and recipient of the Adnams Best British Rider Award in front of huge crowds in Barnstaple was Hugh Carthy of Team EF Education First Drapac p/b Cannondale. The Lancastrian is 10th overall, three seconds ahead of British trio Scott Davies, Scott Thwaites (Team Dimension Data) and Ethan Hayter (Great Britain cycling team).
Tomorrow sees the riders head to Bristol for the third stage of this year's Tour.