The Giro d’Italia is a three-week stage race and World Track champions Cameron Meyer and Jack Bobridge are having a tough time. To mark the start of their new careers, both took the hardships as part of a long learning process. After ten stages, the two Garmin-Transition riders are more than an hour and a half down on Alexandre Vinokourov.
They shared their teammate Tyler Farrar’s triumph in Bitonto. “This gives you a very good feeling but I wasn’t feeling well during the whole stage,” said Meyer at the finishing line south of Italy.
Meyer, the Australian time trial champion said, “I’ve done thirteen stages of the Giro last year, hopefully I’ll see Verona (the final stage) this year.” He crashed and hurt his left shoulder quite badly the day before but quitting is out of the question.
At the Tour of Oman last February, Meyer finished as third overall and won three medals at the world championships in Denmark. The west Australian at the age of 21 started at the Giro d’Italia with two road races in his name in April, the Brabantse Pijl and the Leige-Bastogne-Leige events.
The Giro is a huge part of a learning process for Meyer and Bobridge and Directeur Sportif Matt White is well aware of it. “Jack had never done a road race over 200 kilometers before. We brought them to the Giro for the team time trial and there’s no better place for them to learn their job than the Giro,” said White.
Bobridge is not going to make the three week race. He may pull out in the next couple of days. “Jesus, this race is very hard!” Jack, the 20 year old South Australian from Gawler shares his thoughts in Avellino right at the start of stage 10. “I’m amazed by the way the Aussie guys are helping me out in the bunch,” he stated.
Bobridge only raced the Tour Down Under and another two days of the Tour of Romandie before joining up at the Giro d’Italia with the track world championships in between. “My teammates are fantastic with me too, especially the experienced ones; David Millar, Tyler Farrar, Julian Dean, they always encourage me.” Bobridge had a great time and enjoyed the “True Aussie spirit” all the way from the Strade Bianche stage of the race.