Cameron Meyer erased the pain of his defeat in 2019 by claiming Australian men’s national road race title.
Meyer was was overwhelmed by his commanding performance at Buninyong on Sunday, saying words could not describe how he felt.
“This is the main jersey – the one everyone wants. This is the one I really wanted,” he said.
Meyer stamped his authority on the tortuous 185.6km in the last lap – establishing a winning break on the final climb. Mitchelton-Scott team-mate Lucas Hamilton crossed the line with Marcus Culey (Sapura Cycling) coming in soon after in third place.
He said one of the most challenging aspects of the day was keeping it all together late in the race, with emotions running high once he knew with 3km to go he had the title in his keeping.
“It’s been 12 long years. I fell in love with this race so long ago and I’ve been so close so many times.
“Someone asked me the other day, ‘you’ve got nine world championships why do you want this one so much?’, but my brother has won it, Luke Durbridge one of my best mates has won it, and I just wanted it so badly.
“I want to put that green and gold on and I want to take it to Europe and wear it proudly.”