Meyer wins stage, takes Down Under lead

Fri, 21 Jan 07:03:00 2011

Garmin-Cervelo's Cameron Meyer won the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under and took the overall lead of the race in Australia.

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The 23-year-old held off the chasing pack at the end of the 124-kilometre stage from Norwood to Strathalbyn to claim the victory.

He headed a small leading group that was able to stay ahead of the peloton, with Vacansoleil's Thomas De Gendt crossing the line just behind.

Laurens ten Dam of Rabobank came in third and is Meyer's closest rival on the overall standings, 10 seconds behind Australia's cyclist of the year 2010.

Previous race leader Matthew Goss (HTC - Highroad) is a further two seconds back ahead of Saturday’s decisive stage at Willunga.

Stage 4 results:

1. Cameron Meyer (Australia / Garmin) 2h 57mins 55secs

2. Thomas De Gendt (Belgium / Vacansoleil) same time

3. Laurens ten Dam (Netherlands / Rabobank) +3"

4. Matthew Wilson (Australia / Garmin) +10"

5. Matthew Goss (Australia / HTC - Highroad) +24"

6. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spain / Movistar)

7. Ben Swift (Britain / Team Sky)

8. Juergen Roelandts (Belgium / Omega Pharma - Lotto)

9. Nikolai Trussov (Russia / Katusha)

10. Romain Feillu (France / Vacansoleil)

Overall standings:

1. Cameron Meyer (Australia / Garmin) 12h 54mins 30secs

2. Laurens ten Dam (Netherlands / Rabobank) +10"

3. Matthew Goss (Australia / HTC - Highroad) +12"

4. Robbie McEwen (Australia / RadioShack) +15"

5. Andre Greipel (Germany / Omega Pharma - Lotto) +16"

6. Michael Matthews (Australia / Rabobank) +18"

7. Ben Swift (Britain / Team Sky

8. Blel Kadri (France / AG2R) +26"

9. Francisco Ventoso (Spain / Movistar) +27"

10. Allan Davis (Australia / Astana) +28"

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