Louis Meintjes has signed for Circus-Wanty Gobert, who’re set to compete at WorldTour stage in 2021 after buying the licence beforehand held by CCC Crew. The South African joins from NTT Professional Biking, who seem prone to stay within the peloton below the Qhubeka banner subsequent season, albeit with a decreased price range.
Meintjes positioned eighth total on the Tour de France in 2016 and 2017, however he has struggled to scale such heights since. He positioned thirty sixth total on the latest Giro d’Italia. In an announcement launched by his new workforce, he mentioned he would goal a excessive total end at a Grand Tour in 2021 in addition to success in shorter stage races.
“Subsequent yr, I need to concentrate on a Grand Tour and shine,” Meintjes mentioned. “I additionally need to present that I am nonetheless capable of attain my greatest stage in one-week WorldTour races, just like the Tour of Catalunya or the Critérium du Dauphiné. I am trying ahead to figuring out the definitive calendar for 2021, and particularly the programs, with the intention to put together the races which correspond greatest to my capabilities.”
Meintjes turned skilled in 2013 and has spent the majority of his skilled profession with South African squad NTT (beforehand MTN-Qhubeka and Dimension Knowledge), although he raced with Lampre (later UAE Crew Emirates) in 2016 and 2017.
The 28-year-old described his switch to Circus-Wanty Gobert as a “new problem,” although he famous that he already has intensive expertise of racing in Belgium from his novice profession. He rode for UC Seraing in 2011 earlier than becoming a member of the Lotto Belisol under-23 squad the next yr.
“The Belgian environment is fairly acquainted. It began in Belgium for me, earlier than turning into knowledgeable,” Meintjes mentioned. “I am unable to wait to return to the Belgian biking tradition, it would carry new views.”
Meintjes is the newest rider to verify his departure from NTT, following Roman Kreuziger (Gazprom-RusVelo), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Complete Direct Energie), Ben King (Rally Biking), Ben O’Connor (AG2R-Citroen) and Michael Valgren (EF Professional Biking).
Regardless of that exodus and the lack of title sponsor NTT, Cyclingnews understands Supervisor Doug Ryder seems set to maintain his workforce afloat subsequent yr because of help from the Assos clothes model.
Meintjes joins Rein Taaramae (Complete Direct Energie), Jan Hirt (CCC Crew) and Baptiste Planckaert (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles) amongst Circus-Wanty Gobert’s notable signings forward of their elevation to WorldTour stage in 2021.
In latest weeks, Circus-Wanty Gobert have additionally introduced the arrival of Valerio Piva from CCC as directeur sportif and former Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek as efficiency supervisor.
“By including Louis Meintjes to our squad, we reinforce our workforce for the mountainous WorldTour races. He is already confirmed his capabilities by ending twice within the high 10 of the Tour de France. We’re satisfied that his profession can proceed crescendo with Circus-Wanty Gobert,” mentioned Visbeek.
“Louis has reached a mature age, and this new bold atmosphere in full progress will encourage him to step as much as a better stage. We’ll set up a programme which fits him, centered on mountainous WorldTour stage races just like the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné or the Tour de France.”
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