Meyer, Roy take national road cycle titles

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Cameron Meyer and Sarah Roy have made it double delight for Team BikeExchange on the final day of the national road cycling championships in Ballarat.

Meyer retained his Australian elite men's road race title, crossing the line first in a thrilling finish to the championships.

The 33-year-old timed his burst to the line to perfection after 185.6km to snatch first place after a final two laps where numerous riders seemed to have the race in their grasp only to let it slip.

In a chaotic seven-rider sprint, the 2020 national champion pipped the cramping Kell O'Brien (InForm TMX Make) into second, with Scott Bowden (Team BridgeLane) finishing third.

"It was a nail-biting race, but somehow it panned out," Meyer told SBS television.

"Teamwork ... I didn't feel that good with four (laps) to go, but somehow we just dug deep and pulled off miracles.

"That finish is one of the hardest to get right. Everyone was legless, I was legless.

"I picked the right wheels, ran at the right time and the line came at the right moment.

"I keep the jersey another year, I can't believe it."

In the women's race, Meyer's teammate Sarah Roy gave a powerful solo performance to take the title for Australia's only Women's WorldTour team.

She was joined on the podium by teammate Grace Brown, who edged out a fading Lauretta Hanson (Trek Segafredo).

"I felt really strong in the climb today surprisingly," Roy told cyclingnews.com.

"I hadn't really trained for anything like this so (I'm) really happy to feel like I had some good legs out there and I thought 'I am just going to give it a go and be brave'."

The long break from racing took its toll on Hanson, who was unable to hold off the fast-finishing Brown.

Having missed out on last year's national championships road race while recovering from concussion, Hanson was satisfied with her third place finish.

"It's nice to come back and show that I've had a full recovery and I am back and I am strong and motivated as ever," she said.