Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 25, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Garderen will focus on Giro d’Italia in 2017; Interview: Louis Meintjes, future Tour de France star?; A team on the brink: Avanti-IsoWhey Sports’ fight for survival; Emakumeen Bira denied Women’s WorldTour status; Brajkovic signs with Bahrain-Merida; Pellaud joins Team Illuminate; Is Coca-Cola good for cyclists?; Simon Zahner taking applications for development riders; Team Dimension Data unveils new kit; Gent-Wevelgem to include unpaved roads in 2017.

Interview: Louis Meintjes, future Tour de France star?

by VeloClub

South African Louis Meintjes, who placed second in the best young rider classification at the Tour de France, was just two minutes 16 seconds off Adam Yates, and raced into Paris a fine eighth overall. He has been regarded for many years as one of the big future hopes, showing early promise when he took silver in the 2013 world under 23 road race championships and having his best season yet in 2016. Here is an excerpt from the feature:

Longer term, what are your goals as a rider? Is it the Tour in particular where you want to shine?

Well, I think if you want to try and be the best cyclist in the world, then the Tour de France is where you have to get your results. So yes, just keep on going and try to aim for the Tour de France. But I don’t have any specific goals that if I don’t win the Tour before I retire that I will be upset [laughs]. I will just go there and use my opportunities. Not throw away anything. If I can look back on my career at the end of it, if I can feel that I tried, that I have given it a good shot, then whatever comes with it is okay.

To do that, where do you need to focus on? You are lighter than a lot of the time trial specialists, so is that an area you need to work on?

Yeah. Well, there are definitely a million things that I can work with. But up until now, it has basically just been working on getting into the front group on the big climbs. I guess now that I am there, it would be obvious to start focussing on the next weak point. So, definitely, time-trialing will be high on the list of the things that need to be improved.

You did have a nice stage 18 time trial in the Tour…you were ninth there. So that is encouraging…

Yeah. I have never been bad at time trialing. If you compare the results to riders similar to my size and my capabilities, I am always around them. But if you are competing against bigger guys like Chris Froome, then obviously you have to step up your game…

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