Gianni Meersman is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 2007 and 2016 for the Discovery Channel, FDJ, Lotto–Belisol and Etixx–Quick-Step teams. He currently works as a directeur sportif for the Pauwels Sauzen–Bingoal team. 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. However, a diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmia and scar tissue on his heart forced Meersman to announce his retirement on 30 December 2016.
|Born:||December 5, 1985, Tielt, West Flanders, Belgium|
|Role:||Rider (retired), Directeur sportif|
|Rider type:||Attacker, Stage hunter|
About Gianni Meersman
Cyclist who was a former road bicycle racer for Quick-Step Floors. He road for Omega Pharma-Quick-Step from 2013 to 2016. He has more than 30,000 followers on his gia001 Instagram account.
He rode for Discovery Channel in 2007. That same year he had to pull out on stage three of the 2007 Tour de Georgia due to injury.
He came in 1st Overall at the Tour de Wallonie in 2014. He became the new sporting director of cyclo-cross team Marlux-Napoleon Games in 2017.
He posted a photo of his daughter to Instagram in November 2017.
He and Danny Macaskill are both award-winning cyclists.
Information related to Gianni Meersman
- Belgian Vuelta a España stage winners
- Sportspeople from West Flanders