National champ Meyer up for support role

Shayne Hope
Champion cyclist Cameron Meyer has taken out the men's elite national road race in Victoria

Cameron Meyer will turn his attention towards helping a teammate achieve Tour Down Under glory after creating his own slice of history at the national road cycling championships.

Meyer claimed the Australian road race title for the first time on Sunday, 12 years after he finished fourth on his maiden venture to Mt Buninyong, near Ballarat.

It completed a career triple crown for the 32-year-old West Australian, adding to his previous triumphs in the time trial (2010 and 2011) and criterium (2013).

His brother Travis also won the road race, in 2010.

But Meyer has little time to revel in his latest victory as he heads to South Australia as part of the Mitchelton-Scott team that will support Daryl Impey in his quest for a third straight Tour Down Under overall title.

If successful, the South African ace would become just the second man behind four-time champion Simon Gerrans to win it more than twice.

"I still love getting the opportunity for my own chances and (at the nationals) I had to take that, but next I look forward to working for a guy like Daryl Impey," Meyer said.

"We've also got Simon Yates, so we've got big leaders for next week and I love that support role as well.

"I have a good balance and I really enjoy it in this team."

Meyer felt his success at the nationals and, hopefully, his continued strong form at the Tour would set him up well for a year in which he is targeting Olympic gold on the track.

"It means that I've put in the work," Meyer said.

"It's going to be a long season, obviously Tokyo is in August, and there's a lot of work still to be done, but it just gives that real confidence boost.

"I can go and show the jersey off in Europe now and have that extra little spring in my step each time I go in to race.

"I think that's only part of my stepping stone towards Tokyo. I couldn't have started the season any better."

Despite his road success, Meyer declared the track would be his priority at what will be his first Olympics campaign since Beijing in 2008.