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Interviews
Words from Champions

Cameron Meyer (AUS), Michael Freiberg (AUS) and and Zach Bell (CAN) speak to the media afer their win in the Men's 20 km Scratch Race

Cameron Meyer believes that the Commonwwealth Games proves to be a good platform for athletes to prepare for the Olympics. On being asked about the Commonwealth Games so far, he says "It's been a great experience so far and the Commonwealth Games are a great platform and help us work for the Olympics. Right from addressing the media to training for the event, we are learning everything to get us in shape for the 2012 Olympics."

So far, the Aussies have dominated the cycling track at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex Cycling Velodrome.

"We have a great structure in place. We have to build ourselves over the next couple of years to be on top of the game."

Meyers has plans for the future. "The Olympics is our next step. You have to be really, really on top of the game to be able to win at the Olympics. And that's what we are aiming to do."

He did have hopes prior to his arrival for the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi

"I was hoping to get at least one gold medal. The Points Race was my main event. After I won it, it gave me the confidence to win in other events."

On the other hand, Silver medallist Michael Freiberg believes that these Games tend to motivate youngsters

"When I saw the Commonwealth Games' cycling event, I said to myself, 'Yeah, I want to do that'. So this is a great platform to motivate more youngsters to take up cycling."

Bronze medallist Zach Bell, on how he felt at the beginning for the Men's Scratch Race, having missed out on a medal in the Men's Points Race says, "The Points Race was a disappointment. But, since that, me and my team have been rethinking strategies and I am working with my coaches. In the Scratch Race I am a lot more aware of my capabilities."

He too has plans for London Olympics 2012. "The Commonwealth Games has been a good learning experience. Particularly because I am focussing on the Omnium race at the Olympics, which has a bit of everything in it."

- GNS