• Cameron Meyer at the teams presentation ahead of the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under (AAP)Source: AAP
The immediate future of Australian cyclist Cameron Meyer is assured after agreeing to terms with African licenced team Dimension Data for the 2016 season.
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Cycling Central

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Cycling Central
13 Oct 2015 - 5:02 PM 

Meyer ended his four-year stint with Orica-GreenEDGE after crashing out of the Vuelta a Espana during the stage 17 individual time trial.

Having preliminary discussions with Dimension Data general manager Brian Smith, 27-year-old Meyer will target one-week races with the view of gaining Grand Tour selection.

"Brian really wanted me to join the team, and I'm excited to hear that he will give me opportunities." Meyer told Cycling Central.

Among the week-long races Meyer will target include the Santos Tour Down Under (TDU), Tour de Romandie, Tour of California and Tour de Suisse.

Dimension Data is the new sponsor replacing MTN-Qhubeka from next year.

The Pro-Continental outfit secured wildcard invitations at all three Grand Tours in 2015 and created history when British rider Stephen Cummings broke through for stage honours at the Tour de France.

Meyer says his style of racing is similar to Cummings and is confident the pair will complement each other at the soon to be rebadged squad. 

"I'd like to think I'll be working closely alongside Stephen and that my style of racing is similar to his." Meyer said.

Meyer says contract offers from at least two WorldTour teams for bigger salary were received, but he accepted the deal with Dimension Data on the strength of Smith's enthusiasm for the West Australian's ability and potential. 

A multiple world and Commonwealth Games champion on the track, Meyer's breakthrough on the road arrived in 2011 when conquering the TDU for Garmin-Slipstream.

He joined Orica-GreenEDGE the following year and was a member of the squad that won the team time trial in Nice at the 2013 Tour de France.

Meyer was also a member of the team that won the team time trial at the 2014 Giro dItalia.

He has started in eight Grand Tours in total and hopes to win selection at next year's Tour.

"I had four great years at GreenEDGE, but it was time to move on. We both agreed it was time to find opportunities elsewhere.

"My best years are still ahead of me. I have a lot to give and feel I'm still learning to handle the full road season.

"The races that suit my ability are those which include an individual time trial." Meyer said.

It's believed Meyer was always seen as an understudy to Simon Gerrans, Michael Matthews and Simon Clarke at Orica-GreenEDGE and rarely given opportunities to play a role as a GC rider.

He feels the pending move to Dimension Data will bring a fresh start.

He has just returned to training after a four week lay-off recovering from the crash that broke his collarbone at the Vuelta.

He is looking forward to the next Australian summer season where he'll tackle the road race at the Australian national road championships in Buninyong followed by the TDU.

Meyer will continue to be based in the Pyrenean principality of Andorra during the European summer.