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Louis Meintjes (born February 21, 1992) is a South African cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Dimension Data.[2] He won the South African National Road Race Championships in 2014, and has finished 8th overall in the Tour de France, on 2 occasions in 2016 and 2017. He has also finished 10th overall at the 2015 Vuelta a España.

Louis Meintjes
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Meintjes during the 2016 Tour de France.
Personal information
Born (1992-02-21) February 21, 1992 (age 27)
Pretoria, South Africa
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight59 kg (130 lb)
Team information
Current teamTeam Dimension Data
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimber
Amateur team(s)
2011UC Seraing Crabbé Performance
2012Lotto Belisol U23
Professional team(s)
2013–2015MTN–Qhubeka
2016–2017Lampre–Merida
2018–Team Dimension Data[1]
Major wins
Stage races
Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali (2015)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2014)

Contents

CareerEdit

MTN–Qhubeka (2013–2015)Edit

Meintjes announced himself to the cycling world in September 2013, when he earned the silver medal in the World Under 23 Road Race Championships. Meintjes had an impressive 2014 season where he rode his first grand tour, the Vuelta a España. His best result at the Vuelta a España was 5th place on stage 14.[3]

In March 2015, Meintjes won the final stage of the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali, securing him the overall victory as well.[4] He was named in the start list for the Tour de France.[5] He finished fifth on the mountain stage to Plateau de Beille before exiting the Tour due to illness. He was 10th in the Vuelta a España.

Lampre–Merida (2016–2017)Edit

2016Edit

In September 2015, Meintjes announced that he would be joining Lampre–Merida on a two-year contract from 2016.[6] He started the 2016 season riding the Tour Down Under and finished 16th overall, and 5th in the young rider classification. Meintjes however, first showed his form in the Critérium du Dauphiné by finishing 9th overall and placing 5th on the stage to Méribel. Then he rode the Tour de France where he took 8th place overall and 2nd place in the young rider classification. He was sitting in 9th place overall after the 10th stage, however, on the 11th stage, he lost time due to crosswinds. He recovered during the mountain time trial on Stage 18, regaining his 9th place. On the following stage to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, Meintjes finished fourth sprinting with Rodríguez and Valverde. He finished with the favorites on the next stage, achieving 8th place in Paris. Meintjes' next race was the Men's Road Race at the Olympic Games. He was dropped before the last climb. However, he bridged the gap before sprinting to 7th place at Copacabana Beach.

2017Edit

Meintjes finished 6th overall at Tour of the Basque Country, and two months later he finished 8th overall at the Critérium du Dauphiné. At the Tour de France, Meintjes was once again team leader for UAE Team Emirates, and slowly made his way into top 10 in the second week, as he finished 5th on stage 12 to Peyragudes.[7] He moved up further two positions in the final week, and finished 8th overall for the second time in his career at the Tour. His last race of the season was the Vuelta a España where Meintjes finished 12th overall.

Team Dimension Data (2018–present)Edit

Meintjes returned to his former team, Team Dimension Data, for the 2018 season. In May 2018, he was named in the startlist for the Giro d'Italia.[8] However he struggled with his form throughout the spring, and was not consistent at all. He ended up abandoning the race in the third week. His best result of the season came at his final preparation race for the Vuelta a España, the Vuelta a Burgos, where he finished 9th overall. Meintjes struggled once again at the Vuelta a España, and he would go on to finish 58th overall.

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2010
National Junior Road Championships
1st   Time trial
1st   Road race
2011
1st Stage 3 Triptyque Ardennaise
2nd Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
African Continental Championships
2nd   Team time trial
2nd   Time trial
3rd Sint-Lambrechts-Herk
4th Overall Anatomic Jock Race
5th Walhain Road Race
2012
National Under–23 Road Championships
1st   Time trial
2nd Road race
1st Fast One
3rd Aubel (Liege)
5th Overall Sea Otter Classic
6th Overall Tour des Pays de Savoie Mont Blanc
2013
National Under–23 Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Time trial
National Road Championships
2nd Road race
4th Time trial
2nd   Road race, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
2nd Overall Tour of Rwanda
4th Overall Tour de Taiwan
9th Overall Tour de Korea
1st Stage 5 (TTT)
10th Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
2014
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
National Under–23 Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Time trial
2nd Overall Mzansi Tour
1st   Mountains classification
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 2
5th Overall Giro del Trentino
1st   Young rider classification
2015
1st   Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 4
African Road Championships
1st   Road race
2nd   Team time trial
4th Time trial
1st   Mountains classification Circuit de la Sarthe
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
6th Overall Tour of Oman
1st   Young rider classification
8th Overall Giro del Trentino
1st   Young rider classification
10th Overall Vuelta a España
2016
7th Road race, Olympic Games
8th Overall Tour de France
9th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
2017
6th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
8th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
8th Overall Tour de France
2018
9th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2019
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships

General classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour general classification results timeline
Grand Tour 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Giro d'Italia DNF
  Tour de France DNF 8 8
  Vuelta a España 55 10 40 12 58
Major stage race general classification results timeline
Race 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Paris–Nice 22 DNF
  Tirreno–Adriatico 39 17
  Volta a Catalunya DNF 35 52
  Tour of the Basque Country DNF 6
  Tour de Romandie DNF 20
  Critérium du Dauphiné 52 9 8
  Tour de Suisse 26

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Louis Meintjes signs for Dimension Data". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Dimension Data finalise 2019 roster". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Excellent team performance allows Meintjes to climb to 5th". 6 September 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Meintjes wins finale stage 4 and overall title at Coppi e Bartali". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  5. ^ "2015 Tour de France start list". Velo News. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  6. ^ Benson, Daniel (3 September 2015). "Louis Meintjes signs for Lampre-Merida". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Chris Froome loses yellow jersey to Fabio Aru as Romain Bardet wins Tour de France summit finish - Cycling Weekly". Cycling Weekly. 2017-07-13. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  8. ^ "2018: 101st Giro d'Italia: Start List". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 3 May 2018.

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