Meintjes leaves UAE for Dimension Data

Louis Meintjes rejoins Dimension Data to bolster team's GC options

Louis Meintjes rejoins Dimension Data to bolster team's GC options

However Meintjes, who finished eighth at the recent Tour de France, is now moving back to Dimension Data, as UAE Team Emirates looks to bring in more established GC riders, with possible moves for Fabio Aru and Dan Martin.

South African professional cyclist Louis Meintjes, who finished eighth overall in the Tour de France in both 2017 and 2016, is returning to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, the reincarnation of the African team that launched him onto the worldwide stage.

The South African rider started his professional career at what was then MTN-Qhubeka in 2013, before moving to Lampre-Merida at the start of 2015.

"I am super excited to be coming back home to an African team, and to work with the Qhubeka charity once again", Meintjes said in a statement issued by the team. The team has primarily targeted sprints at the Grand Tours with sprinters Mark Cavendish and Edvald Boasson Hagen, with breakaway expert Stephen Cummings also targeting stage victories in the high mountains.

His return to the African team founded by Doug Ryder gives Team Dimension Data its first serious contender to achieve its goal of a podium in one of cycling's three grand tours, of France, Italy and Spain.

Team principal Douglas Ryder added: "Louis was a part of our initial journey and we are delighted to have him rejoin our team as we embark on the next part of the team's dream".

Meintjes will be on the start line at the Vuelta a Espana, which starts on Saturday. He finished 10th at the Vuelta in 2015 while previous year he was seventh in the Olympic Games road race.

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