Gianni Meersman

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Gianni Meersman
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Meersman at the 2013 Tour de l'Ain.
Personal information
Full name Gianni Meersman
Nickname Merrie[1]
Born (1985-12-05) 5 December 1985 (age 31)
Tielt, West Flanders, Belgium
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)[1]
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Attacker[1]
Stage hunter[1]
Professional team(s)
2007 Discovery Channel
2008–2011 Française des Jeux
2012 Lotto–Belisol
2013–2016 Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
Major wins

Grand Tours

Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (2016)

Stage Races

Tour de Wallonie (2014)

One-day races and Classics

Great Ocean Road Race (2015)
Handzame Classic (2015)

Gianni Meersman (born 5 December 1985) is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer for Quick-Step Floors.[2] In 2012, he rode for UCI ProTeam Lotto–Belisol.[3] After stage 3 of the 2007 Tour de Georgia, Meersman was forced to abandon the race due to a severe case of patella tendinitis. He treated the riders of the Grand Peloton, a charity fundraiser ride, to his presence as the Peloton Captain of the "Blue Peloton".

Meersman finally came to Grand Tour prominence, after 10 years as a professional racer, at the 2016 Vuelta a España winning two stages in bunch sprints. During the race, Fortuneo–Vital Concept announced that Meersman had agreed a one-year contract with the team for 2017.[4] However, a diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmia and scar tissue on his heart forced Meersman to announce his retirement on December 30, 2016.[5]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

Meersman (centre) on the podium after winning the 2015 Handzame Classic. Also pictured are Antoine Demoitié (left) and Tiesj Benoot (right).
2006
2nd Zellik–Galmaarden
2007
1st Stage 5 Tour of Austria
1st Stage 3 Tour de Georgia
7th Overall Tour of Belgium
8th Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
2008
1st Stage 4 Tour de Wallonie
2nd Overall Étoile de Bessèges
3rd Trophée des Grimpeurs
3rd Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan
6th Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
9th Overall Circuit de Lorraine
2010
2nd Overall Paris–Corrèze
2011
1st Overall Circuit des Ardennes
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
2nd National Road Race Championships
2nd Paris–Troyes
2nd Route Adélie
3rd Halle–Ingooigem
4th Flèche d'Emeraude
7th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
8th Brabantse Pijl
10th Overall Ster ZLM Toer
2012
1st Stage 4 Paris–Nice
2nd Overall Tour de Wallonie
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
10th Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 1
2013
Volta a Catalunya
1st Stages 1 & 2
Tour de Romandie
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Prologue (ITT) Tour de l'Ain
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification Critérium du Dauphiné
2nd National Road Race Championships
6th Les Boucles du Sud Ardèche
6th Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
7th Trofeo Platja de Muro
2014
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Wallonie
1st Points classification
1st Stage 5
1st Trofeo Muro-Port d'Alcúdia
Tour de l'Ain
1st Prologue (ITT) & Stage 2
3rd Overall Ster ZLM Toer
3rd Trofeo Ses Salines
3rd La Drôme Classic
4th Overall Tour de Picardie
4th Trofeo Palma
6th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
7th GP Impanis-Van Petegem
9th Classic Sud-Ardèche
2015
1st Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
1st Handzame Classic
1st Stage 1 Volta ao Algarve
2nd Le Samyn
6th People's Choice Classic
2016
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 2 & 5
Held Jersey green.svg after Stages 2 & 5–9
2nd Overall Tour de Wallonie
3rd Handzame Classic
8th Münsterland Giro

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France 77
A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF 98 57 58 111
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Gianni Meersman". Omega Pharma–Quick-Step. Decolef. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Meersman graduates to Omega Pharma-Quickstep". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Meersman signs with Lotto-Belisol". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Meersman to ride for Fortuneo Vital Concept in 2017". cyclingnews.com. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Cardiac issues force Gianni Meersman into retirement". Cycling News. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 

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