Gianni Meersman comes back to cycling as a coach
Oct 11 2017 06:25 pm CET

Gianni Meersman comes back to cycling as a coach
Gianni Meersman comes back to cycling as a coach
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GIANNI MEERSMAN

UCI Continental team Marlux-Napoleon Games has confirmed the signing of Gianni Meersman as its new coach.

At the end of last year, the Belgian rider announced that he had to leave cycling because of a heart condition that was discovered during the routine medical tests ahead of joining Fortuneo-Vital Concept for the 2017 season.

Meersman was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia and had trouble adapting to a life off the bike. Last year he got his diploma as a trainer which he will now be able to use at the Belgian team.

Marlux-Napoleon Games team manager Jurgen Mettepenningen announced that the ex-rider will replace Danny De Bie and will be assisted by Mario De Clercq. "Gianni is someone who fits perfectly with the profile I had in mind," he said. "He's young, driven and can bring the fire back into our team.

"I noticed a little reluctance of the squad with the former coach and now Gianni has to bring that fighting skill back to the team. He has obtained a license as a team leader and had a good career. He will strengthen our team."

The rider is looking forward to his debut as a trainer of a team that does cyclocross and road cycling. "Jurgen offers me a very nice opportunity," he commented. "I look forward to getting started and share my experience with the guys."
Photo of Gianni Meersman by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas





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