• Camerin Meyer racing for Team UniSA-Australia at the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under. (Getty)Source: Getty
The KordaMentha Australian National Team has beefed up its Jayco Herald Sun Tour roster with the addition of Australian veterans Cameron Meyer and Nathan Earle.
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Jayco Herald Sun Tour
27 Jan 2017 - 3:11 PM  UPDATED 27 Jan 2017 - 3:15 PM

Meyer and Earle will add some much-needed experience and a steadying hand to the you talent on the team as it prepares to take on the likes of Chris Froome (Sky) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott).

The 64th edition of Australia’s oldest stage race will be held around Victoria from 1-5 February and features a demanding course which will test the KordaMentha riders.

Jayco Herald Sun Tour heads to the mountains
Australia’s oldest stage race received a facelift for its 2017 route, with more hills and mountains on the menu as the local riders take on the likes of Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange).

Meyer said his role will be that of road captain, admitting that keeping up with the likes of defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Esteban Chavez (Orica-Scott) in a bid for a second overall victory might be a stretch.

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“I’m looking at trying to pass on some experience to some of those younger guys,” Meyer said.

“I’ve been there and won the tour and have ridden the Sun Tour a couple of times. If I’ve got good legs I hope to use them.

“Falls Creek will be a very demanding stage to try and keep up with Chavez and Froome.

“We’ll have to look for opportunities elsewhere and we’ll definitely give it a crack as a team and for myself, it’s probably out of my reach but you never know, if you’re having a good day anything is possible.”

Earle, who has previously ridden for Team Sky at WorldTour level and Drapac in the ProContinental ranks, will also lend support to Lucas Hamilton, Jai Hindley, Michael Storer, Sam Jenner and Angus Lyons.

“It’s about the little one percenters that you can help these younger riders with,” Meyer said.

“They’re so hungry and eager to try and perform and get results. If I can help them in any way then I will.

“I love the Australian summer of racing. The Jayco Herald Sun Tour is close to me and it’s a big prestigious race in Australia. I’m looking forward to it.”

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