Team Garmin-Cervelo's Cameron Meyer Wins Stage 4 of 2011 Santos Tour Down Under
Team Garmin-Cervelo's multiple world champion Cameron Meyer (Australia) seized the overall lead in the 2011 Tour Down Under after winning an audacious breakaway.
of Adelaide up the steep and heavily-wooded Gorges road and into rolling hills southeast of the city. McEwen won the first intermediate sprint to secure time bonuses which lifted him into second place overall behind Goss and ahead of Greipel.
Then came the breakaway and the complexion of the stage and race changed dramatically.
The group never led by more than 2½ minutes, but kept a reasonable margin over the chasing peleton until the final mile, when the bunch at full pace couldn't close the gap.
McEwen was among the sprinters who expected the peleton to work together to reel in the breakaway and set up the finish down the long main street of Strathalbyn. He said a lack of organization and co-operation among the bunch meant the breakaway could not be caught.
"The race is still not lost," he said. "It's never over, but realistically the sprinters need to take some seconds tomorrow to set it up for (the final stage) on Sunday.
"We (the RadioShack team) took our responsibilities in the peleton. We should probably have had it more under control, but we needed other teams to come up and do their share."