Louis Meintjes debuts in Giro d'Italia in leading position for Dimension Data
Apr 27 2018 12:37 pm CET

Louis Meintjes debuts in Giro d'Italia in leading position for Dimension Data
Louis Meintjes debuts in Giro d'Italia in leading position for Dimension Data
Team Dimension Data

Louis Meintjes will be the main man of Dimension Data in the Giro d'Italia. The team will also aim at sprint stage victories.

The rider has already scored top 10 results in the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España and will now try a different grand tour with his new team. "It's really exciting to be taking on a new challenge, having never raced the Giro d'Italia before," he explained. "It is a great route, with some really tough stages. Obviously, as it's the first time we have worked towards the Giro, the build-up to the race has also been new for us.

"I know we have worked hard and prepared well though and the target remains a strong GC result. We have a great team for the Giro, and the core of our team has been together for most of the season already. We are ready to give our all and do our best to raise awareness for Qhubeka through our performance."

Next to him, Ben O'Connor will have his grand tour debut and Ryan Gibbons will be the man in charge of competing in the fast stages. "Our team is really excited for this year's Giro d'Italia," Sports Director Alex Sans Vega commented. "Certainly, the start is quite unique with the opening stages in Israel, and logistically our plans for the Giro are already well underway. From a racing perspective, it is going to be a tough race, there are some difficult stages especially in the final week.

"We look forward to getting underway though and the team will start with some positive momentum after the Tour of Alps. We have high ambitions in every sense for the Giro, targeting success in the GC, on individual stages and in trying to raise funding to put 1000 girls on bicycles through the Qhubeka charity we ride for."

Dimension Data's complete roster for the 2018 Giro d'Italia (4th to 27th of May):

Louis Meintjes
Ben O'Connor
Ryan Gibbons
Jacques Janse van Rensburg
Natnael Berhane
Igor Anton
Ben King
Jaco Venter



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