Meyer wins Tour of Switzerland prologue, Hesjedal 8th

Posted: June 10, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Bike, Road cycling
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Cameron Meyer of Australia exploited good wind conditions Saturday to win the opening prologue of the nine-day Tour of Switzerland, with home favourite Fabian Cancellara finishing 16th.

Victoria’s Ryder Hesjedal of Team Garmin-Sharp was tied for eighth place, 19 seconds off the lead.

Meyer clocked 9 minutes, 39 seconds before later starters faced head winds on the 8.1-kilometre (5-mile) time trial route around Quinto.

The six-time world champion on the track was 10 seconds faster than Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands. Third-place Heinrich Haussler trailed his fellow Australian by 14 seconds.

“Obviously I had some help with the weather,” said Meyer, who is now focusing on being a full-time road rider. “The wind was very favourable for me being one of the first riders off. … To get the (yellow) jersey in a World Tour race, I can’t believe it at the moment.”

Cancellara, the former Olympic and four-time world champion in time trial, trailed by 22 seconds.

The second stage on Sunday has been diverted from the steep Nufenen pass at 2,478 metres (8,130 feet) altitude because of snow blocking the intended route.

The shortened stage now starts in Ulrichen and finishes at the ski resort of Crans-Montana.

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