Meyer and Scotson Win Madison Gold in Poland
Cycling | Published:
Mon 6 November 2017
Fresh from winning the London Six Day in their last start, WA cyclist Cameron Meyer and his track partner Callum Scotson continued their Madison success with a storming victory in 120-lap race at the Poland Track World Cup.
The duo earned victory ahead of combinations from Belgium and France, taking a lap on the field halfway through the race, to help set up their win.
The Madison will return as an Olympic event in Tokyo 2020 and Scotson said it was encouraging that his link-up with Meyer has progressed in its second year.
"It feels really great for us to come away this year and get some wins together as a team. Last year we were close to the mark but we have really been longing to stand on the top step of the podium together," Scotson said on turning silver medals at the Glasgow World Cup in 2016 and World Championships in Hong to gold in Poland.
As a number of teams battled it out for points in the early sprints, the experienced Meyer, twice a world champion in the event and Scotson waited patiently for the opportunity to attack. With legs starting to tire at the half way point they swung in to action swiftly lapping the field and collecting five points on the way to move in to the lead.
"We knew we had to play to our strength, which at the moment is certainly our endurance. With a shorter race than the full distance it was a bit of a gamble to wait and be patient, but we knew when we attacked we had to make it count," Scotson continued of the plan to try and take a lap.
Points in three of the final four sprints moved the Australian tally to 31. A last-ditch effort from Belgium winning the final sprint and with it 10 points saw them take silver on 29, two off gold. While France completed the podium a further two points back.
The gold medal continues a strong run for Meyer and Scotson who have continually found the podium over the last two seasons with the younger Scotson pleased with their continued growth.
"I think we are certainly stronger now. Cam has always been very strong, but I think I have made good improvements from last year.
"As a team we have come a long way in our tactics and the technical aspects which is really paying off for us."