Gianni Meersman Suffers Fractured Ribs At Paris-Nice

11-Mar-2014: As a consequence of a crash with about 10km remaining in Paris-Nice Stage 2 on Monday, Gianni Meersman left the race this morning, returned to Belgium, and immediately underwent examinations at H.-Hartziekenhuis Roeselare-Menen as decided by team medical staff. Medical checks underlined fractures of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th ribs of the right hemithorax. A CT Scan also underlined … [Read more...]

Gianni Meersman Victorious On Final Day in Mallorca

MADRID, Feb 12, 2014 - Belgian Gianni Meersman claimed the Alcudia Trophy on the final day of the Mallorca challenge on Wednesday. The Omega Pharma-Quick-Step rider pipped Spaniard Jose Francisco Ventoso and Britain's Ben Swift in a sprint to the line to win the 162km ride from Muro to Alcudia in a time of three hours 50min 07secs. It was a second consecutive day that the Belgian … [Read more...]

Tour of Romandie Stage Three

LAUSANNE, April 26, 2013 (AFP) - Belgian Gianni Meersman won the third stage of the Tour of Romandie on Friday following a 181km ride around Payerne. The 27-year-old Omega Pharma rider beat Italian Francesco Gavazzi and Switzerland's Michael Albasini in a sprint finish. It was Meersman's second stage win in the tour after his success in Wednesday's first stage but Britain's Chris … [Read more...]

Tour de Romandie Stage 1: Meersman Emerges From Chaotic Finish Victorious

24-Apr-2013: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team Sport Director Brian Holm said on Tuesday that Gianni Meersman is showing his good condition, particularly after finishing 24th on a Tour de Romandie mountain prologue despite being known more for his sprinting prowess. Holm's comments were a reality at the end of the 176.8km Tour de Romandie Stage 1. As the race came back together inside the … [Read more...]

Meersman Makes It Two In A Row At Tour of Catalonia

MADRID, March 19, 2013 (AFP) - Belgian rider Gianni Meersman retained the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia after making it two stages wins in as many days on Tuesday. The 27-year-old beat home Italian Daniele Ratto and Brett Lancaster of Australia in a sprint finish to the 160.7km ride from Girona to Banyuls. Meersman sits atop the overall standings, 16sec ahead of Spain's … [Read more...]

Gianni Meersman Takes Opening Stage At Tour of Catalonia

Belgium's Gianni Meersman won the first stage of the Tour of Catalonia in a sprint finish at the end of the 159 kilometre ride to Calella. The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider just edged out Valerio Agnoli (Cannondale) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the line, with Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins finishing in sixth. Despite the fact that the first 13 riders to cross the line … [Read more...]

Meersman Claims Paris-Nice Fourth Stage

RODEZ, France, March 7, 2012 (AFP) - Belgium's Gianni Meersman of the Lotto team claimed victory in the fourth stage of Paris-Nice on Wednesday, with Britain's Bradley Wiggins (Sky) holding on to the leader's yellow jersey. Meersman crossed the finish line in Rodez ahead of Slovenia's Grega Bole, who had launched the final sprint, and Dutchman Lieuwe Westra. Spain's Xavier Florencio … [Read more...]