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by Shane Stokes
August 15, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: ‘I want to win the Tour,’ declares Uran, announcing three-year contract extension; Meintjes rejoins Team Dimension Data for 2018; Froome chasing place in history as Team Sky’s Vuelta line-up named; Former winner Nibali: I’ve worked hard for the Vuelta; Glittering Orica-Scott GC squad for Vuelta a España; BMC Racing Team to Vuelta ‘with one of the strongest rosters we have named’; UAE Team Emirates targets top 10 in Vuelta, Katusha-Alpecin and Movistar also name squads; Revamped Three Days de Panne to Include WWT Event; Hepburn extends with Orica-Scott until end 2019; Astana signs Hirt, Keisse extends with Quick Step, Fabbro to Katusha; Canyon launches first full-carbon cyclocross bike: Inflite CF SLX; Video: Surprised competition winner gets handed pro bike by professional rider; Video: Contador relaxes at home; Video: High speed hand-up; Video: Uran struts his stuff at the Colorado Classic
Following two years away from the squad plus a pair of eighth-place finishes in the Tour de France, Louis Meintjes has finalised a deal to reunite with the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka team for 2018. “I am super excited to be coming back home to an African team, and to work with the Qhubeka charity once again,” he said in an announcement on Monday.
“My choice to come home was easy, as Team Dimension Data stands out from other professional teams. They don’t only ride to win, but also for a more important cause – to mobilise people on bicycles in Africa. In the past two years I’ve gained tremendous experience from a European team, and I aim to use that experience to contribute to the success of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.”
Now 25, Meintjes should continue to improve and is the best bet for an African podium finish or better in the Tour. His signing should add an extra element to the team, which has been mainly oriented around Mark Cavendish’s sprinting abilities for the past two years.
“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,” said the squad’s Principal Douglas Ryder. “Our aim is to podium at a Grand Tour and to go beyond the magic number of 100,000 bicycles distributed through the Qhubeka charity to people in communities.
“This team has realised the dreams of many riders and children in communities through sheer dedication, commitment and purpose and we look forward to continuing this success and strategy. We believe that Louis has the potential to stand on the top step of the podium in the World Tour stage races taking African cycling development to new heights.”