A plan executed to near perfection saw Perth’s Cameron Meyer claim his fourth points world title and eighth career rainbow jersey at the Hong Kong Velodrome on Friday night.
The win returned the master tactician to the top step of a world championship podium for the first time in five years, and for the second time in twenty-four hours.
On Thursday, Meyer teamed with Welsford, Porter, O’Brien, Yallouris and Wight to clinch a second career team pursuit crown.
“It’s been a pretty full on 48 hours and I loved it,” said Meyer, 29. “I’m back to what I love doing and to win two rainbow jerseys in my first proper season back on the track I’m over the moon.”
A calculated first half of the 160lap race saw Meyer figuring in four of the first eight sprints – including two solid wins – to lead on 18 points after the halfway mark of the 160 lap race.
With the pace lifting and the field splintering, Meyer sensed the opportunity and with Kenny De Ketele and Niklas Larsen, took a lap and twenty points bonus which lifted Meyer into the lead by five points.
Ten points in quick succession across the next few sprints saw him extend the margin to 11 points inside the final 50 laps.
In a classic Meyer move, he put the screws into the bunch with a solo attack and with no one able to match his pace, he took a lap and with it another twenty points to catapult into a commanding lead of more than thirty points.
A further three points in the penultimate sprint sealed the victory before the all important final sprint which offered double points, allowing him to savour his fourth world crown over the final lap.
“They’re never easy, 2012 was the last one and I only won that by one point,” remarked Meyer who finished on 76 points, 36 ahead of De Ketele and Poland’s Wojciech Pszczolarski who tied on 40.
“I knew I’d go out there as probably one of the favourites and it was about keeping calm, I’ve been in this situation before and it was just trying to be confident that I knew in the last half of the race I could be the strongest bike rider.
“And tonight I was, so I’m really happy.
“It planned out the way I said, I had a good chat with Tim (Decker), we discussed the way the track was and I thought the first breakaway that would take a lap would be a group, and then the last one would be solo.
“I thought it would be the same as Commonwealth Games in 2010 and it was exactly the same – a group in the first bit and who had the strongest legs to take a solo lap.”
Meyer will enjoy a rest on Saturday before looking to add a third career Madison crown when he teams with Callum Scoton on Sunday afternoon.
“I am looking forward to a rest day tomorrow then hopefully I’ve got one last big one with Callum on Sunday.”