Lone wolf moves. Meier to GreenEdge.

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Wegelius and Meier at 2011 Tour of California. [photo twisted spoke

The Australian GreenEdge outfit has hired rider number 26 and 27 and they’ve almost reached their 30 rider limit. Still a few dollars left in the bank.

The latest to join up are South African Daryl Impey and Canadian Christian Meier. We don’t have much to say or intel to pass on about Impey other than still congratulating him on surviving his horrific crash after tangling with Theo Bos in the Tour of Turkey.

However, the bigger interest for Twisted Spoke is the move by Meier. He was a casualty of the Garmin and Cervelo merger, riding this year for UnitedHealthcare. When I covered the Tour of California for Cycle Sport magazine, I spend the week with the team, focusing on GC threat Rory Sutherland.

In that time I got the backstory on all the riders and Meier was of particular interest. He’s a quiet guy and DS Mike Tamayo described him as the “lone wolf” of the squad. Only 25, he’s got a big engine and Meier was one of the riders team physiologist Inigo San Millan — himself a former Garmin guy — was most excited about as far as potential.

On paper this could be a brilliant move by both Meier and GreenEdge. If the Aussies score a ProTour license — which is more than likely — then Meier is back riding in big races and learning from top talents like Stuart O’Grady and Simon Gerrans.

No matter what, Meier is banking major dollars. During the California tour, his agent told me the guy has essentially no expenses — he has a trailer parked for free on a friend’s property and he also stays with his Cali podium girlfriend. He’s making six figures with zero overhead.

When we interviewed Meier about his new UnitedHealthcare team, he kept his answers general and bland. He wasn’t revealing or quotable in the least. Which makes him either really smart or clueless and we couldn’t tell you which.

We can confirm he is making serious cash and may just have made a shrewd career move.

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  • tim

    " He wasn’t revealing or quotable in the least." this does not make him bland … it is the true sign of a Canadian!

    • http://www.atwistedspoke.com TwistedSpoke

      Tim perhaps you are right. And hey, he's a young guy. Took me ages to get a personality and now my wife wishes I didn't have one. Matt

  • Christian Meier

    Would love to know where you got the idea that I was making a six figure salary, no overheads and making serious cash? Sources would be appreciated….

    • http://www.atwistedspoke.com walshworld

      Hi CHristian, wrote that post a while back. I generally only make up stuff for the funny posts. If memory serves I believe it was your agent Robert Nichols who gave me that information. Happy to correct that if you want to give me the specifics. I remember interviewing you at the TOC for the Cycle SPort magazine story on UHC but you didn’t share too much. I can understand that distrust but in my opinion it only helps your career to have good contacts with the media. That’s just my personal opinion. Inigo spoke very highly or your physical talents and I hope things are going well at the new team. You’ve got an exciting career ahead of you and I look forward to seeing how far you go. Best, Matt