Saturday February 16, 2013
A sore point as Aussie Meyer is ruled out in the LTdL
KUALA LUMPUR: Australian outfit Orica-GreenEdge will compete in the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) without general classification contender Cameron Meyer, who is still recovering from a surgery.
The former Tour Down Under winner had wanted to do well in the LTdL, from Feb 21-March 2, but was ruled out after the wound on his surgery to treat saddle sores became infected.
“It’s unfortunate I can’t get my season under way in Langkawi ... I was really looking forward to it,” Meyer said on the Australian cycling website Cycling Central.
LTdL chief operating officer Emir Abdul Jalal said Meyer would be replaced by compatriot Allan Davis.
With no general classification rider on the roster for the LTdL, GreenEdge will be looking to putting sprinter Aidis Kroupis on the podium for stage wins.
The Lithuanian sprinter got off to a strong start this year, twice finishing in third place in the recent Tour of Qatar.
“The team will be committed to getting stage wins and they’re expecting heavily contested sprint finishes this year with other sprint teams like Blanco and Astana,” said Emir.