Australia's Cameron Meyer picked up gold and silver medals on his return to the track at the 2016/17 UCI WorldCup opener in Glasgow, Scotland.
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7 Nov 2016 - 10:09 AM  UPDATED 7 Nov 2016 - 10:40 AM

Meyer,, who quit the WorldTour earlier this year citing disillusionment with the sport, returned to the boards energised after a break of several months.

The Western Australia resident put in a commanding performance to claim points race gold on the second day of competition in Glasgow then compounded that on the third with a silver, after teaming up with South Australian Callum Scotson in the men's Madison.

Cameron Meyer leaves Dimension Data
Former Santos Tour Down Under winner Cameron Meyer has quit South African outfit Dimension Data with immediate effect.

"I'm really happy to be back racing at an international level and to take my first win back makes it even better," Meyer said of his points race ride.

"It was a fast race and hard from the start which suited me. I was surprised at how good my legs were but I had fun and am looking forward to the Madison tomorrow and more high-class track events in the near future."

Meyer built an early lead the repelled any efforts to usurp his position to finish 81 points ahead of Benjamin Thomas (FRA) on 44 and Samuel Harrison (Team USN) on 29.

The Madison also proved fertile ground for the veteran Meyer and emerging Scotson, with the pair forming an effective team in the 120 lap race.

Spain claimed the upper hand by a single point after a drawn out dogfight, while Belgium claimed bronze

"We got good points early and moved into the lead before the crunch time came. Then at the vital points of the race when it was every team for themselves, Spain just had a little bit more legs," Scotson said.

"They distanced us, got the lap earlier and got a vital four points in the last double points sprint.

"It certainly is disappointing. To come so close is hard, but I feel Spain deserved the win.

"I also improved a lot technically and tactically out there from the experience I've gained from pairing with Cam recently.

"I know now that I just need to get a bit stronger to finish off strong in the back end of the race. All in all, it was a good WorldCup."

Australia also claimed a keirin bronze medal with Victoria's Courtney Field. The three-medal weekend haul saw Australia finish fifth on the medal standings.