Perth's Cameron Meyer has won the men's criterium national title in spectacular fashion at the Australian road cycling championships.
Orica GreenEDGE's Meyer claimed a solo victory over Victorians Steele von Hoff and Leigh Howard after the former time trial national champion spent 28 laps out on his own.
Meyer managed to gain a staggering 27 seconds on the desperate peloton despite the best efforts of domestic teams Drapac and Huon-Genesys.
"Going solo was definitely not the plan," Meyer said. "I would have liked some friends out there, but the peloton just seemed to let me go. I was glad that was the last lap and I could put the hands up and celebrate."
Having not ridden in the time trial, Meyer was happy to begin his national championships campaign on a winning note.
"I looked around and saw a lot of teams swapping off trying to catch me," he said.
"The fact that I was able to hold them off and keep a steady tempo gives me a lot of confidence going into Sunday's road race."
Riders face a tougher 195.6km course at Mt Buninyong.
"A lot of us haven't done that distance in the first week of January before, so that's going to be a real test of who's in form, particularly over the last few climbs," Meyer said.
Silver medallist von Hoff won the bunch sprint to the line, a further 16sec. behind Meyer.
"Cam Meyer was just too strong today," von Hoff said.
"There were two teams on the front trying to work and pull it back, but Cameron just kept gaining seconds every lap.
"Orica GreenEDGE were sitting in and just letting their man fly and so they should have."Earlier, Kimberley Wells outsprinted Loren Rowney to win the elite women's criterium on Sturt St after a photo finish.
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