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PRESS RELEASE: GreenEDGE signs Bobridge and Meyer brothers

  • By Steve Frothingham
  • Published Aug. 5, 2011

Official GreenEDGE communiqué:

Jack Bobridge, Cameron Meyer and Travis Meyer are the names most
commonly mentioned as the rising stars of Australian cycling and all
three are the first riders to join GreenEDGE Cycling, the new
Australian team aiming to join the UCI World Tour next year.

At just 23-years-old Cameron Meyer is already a five times world track
champion, Bobridge, 22, has three world track titles to his name and
Travis Meyer, 22, won the Australian Elite Road Championship in 2010
at his first attempt.

All three have spent the past few seasons, on the road, as part of the
American Garmin-Cervelo team but Cameron Meyer and Bobridge are among
Australia’s 2012 London Olympics prospects.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Garmin-Cervelo but joining GreenEDGE
gives me the best support possible to chase my dreams and of becoming
one of the leading road riders in the world along with the possibility
of riding at the Olympic Games in 2012,” Western Australia’s Cameron
Meyer said.

“Up until now I have focused my efforts on being the best track rider
in the world, and I have been satisfied with my achievements so far.
However, the next phase of my cycling career will see me turn my
attention to developing as a top road rider in Europe.

I would really like the opportunity to continue my progress in Grand
Tours and test myself in the Tour de France along with the one-day
classics like Liege-Bastogne-Liege. If I can accomplish these goals
whilst being part of an Australian team, it would certainly be the
icing on the top.

“The people behind GreenEDGE, like Shayne Bannan (the General
Manager), have been crucial in my career getting to where it is today.
So I’ve got complete confidence in them providing me with the right
environment to continue that progress.”

Having won the 2011 Tour Down Under it’s clear that with time Meyer
will have a major impact on the road.

Bobridge shares Meyer’s Olympics ambitions on the track despite the
South Australian being heralded by Lance Armstrong two years ago as
one of road cycling’s the most exciting prospects.

“One of the best things about riding the track is that you get to be
part of an Australian team regularly at world cups and the world
championships. Joining GreenEDGE will let me ride as part of an
Australian team all year round, whether I’m on the track or the road,”
Bobridge said.

“But more importantly the team is right behind my Olympic ambitions on
the track.

“At the Beijing Olympics I rode the team pursuit and we finished
fourth, just outside the medals, which was pretty hard to take.
GreenEDGE will give me the support I need to go to London in the best
condition I can be to see if I can be part of the team pursuit squad
that brings home gold.”

However, Bobridge’s ambitions aren’t limited to the track, which were
clear in January when he stormed to victory in the Australian Road
Championships ahead of seasoned campaigners Matt Goss and Simon
Gerrans.

Travis Meyer, however, has already made the decision to focus solely
on his road career.

The 2010 Australian road champion has had an injury interrupted year
but is now building towards next season with the support that
GreenEDGE Cycling has already put in place for the team.

“Since having surgery for a blocked artery in my left leg in June, I
have been out of action and my season is basically over, so it is
great that Shayne and GreenEDGE have shown faith in me by offering a
place on their roster for 2012,” said Travis.

“It’s been a little frustrating sitting on the sidelines for a good
portion of the year but that only adds to my motivation. One of the
challenges is going to be not to rush things.”

Shayne Bannan, GreenEDGE Cycling General Manager, is delighted to have
secured all three, who he considers a key part of the long-term plans
for the team.

“During my time at the Australian Institute of Sport I worked with
many of the young Australians now making an impact on cycling’s world
stage so I’m pleased to be able to continue that with three of our
most talented young riders,” Bannan said.

“Cameron and Jack are going to play a big role in Australia’s success
on the track at the Olympics and have already proven their quality on
the road.

“Not many guys can finish the final time trial of a three week tour in
the top-10 at such a young age like Cameron has for the past two
editions of the Giro d’Italia. Plus Jack was the U23 time trial world
champion in 2009.

“And Travis was making big gains over the past 12-months before injury
got the better of him. We know his recovery is in good hands and a
minor step-back doesn’t change how talented he is.

“Travis won five junior world titles on the track and as soon as he
stepped up to the elite ranks he won the Australian road title at his
first attempt.

“As an Australian team aiming to be around for a long time it was
important for us to make these three guys founding members of the team
because they’re going to be around at the top level for a long time.”

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