Australia's Cameron Meyer today won the first stage of the 77th Tour de Suisse, an 8.1-kilometre individual time trial in Quinto.

The Orica-GreenEdge rider was among the early starters and made the most of the calmer conditions to clock a time of nine minutes 39 seconds, 10 seconds ahead of Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma) with Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling) a further four seconds adrift.

The later starters had to battle a strong headwind and former winner and home favourite Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack) was 22 seconds off the pace in 16th, while Ireland's Nicolas Roche (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) was a further 15 seconds down in 44th.

Britain's David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) finished almost a minute behind Meyer in 111th with Luxemourg's Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard) 66 seconds back in 134th.

"Obviously, I had some help with the weather," Meyer said in quotes reported on "The wind was very favourable to me, being one of the first riders off. I'm happy, and I will take the jersey, which is very good.

"I'm learning a lot and now to get a jersey in a WorldTour race...I can't believe it at the moment."