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UAE Team Emirates pave way for new GC name with Louis Meintjes rejoining Dimension Data

Joe Robinson
14 Aug 2017

The transfer of Louis Meintjes to Dimension Data makes room for a new GC contender at UAE Team Emirates

With Louis Meintjes returning to Dimension Data next season, UAE Team Emirates have created room to bring in a new general classification prospect with Fabio Aru and Dan Martin thought to be top of the list. 

Louis Meintjes will be reunited with his home team, Dimension Data, after two seasons away at UAE Team Emirates, formerly Lampre-Merida. The move will see the South African WorldTour team bolster its general classification options with Menitjes who finished eighth at this year's Tour de France. 

This movement will further fuel the rumours that UAE Team Emirates are in the market for an established GC rider. Possible bids for the services of Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) and Fabio Aru (Astana) could be in the pipeline with both linked with moves from their current set-ups. 

Dan Martin is yet to sign a contract extension with current team Quick-Step Floors, with this looking increasingly unlikelyas the team confirm contract renewals for other riders. With competition for his leadership role in the Ardenne Classics from Julian Alaphillippe and Philippe Gilbert, a move for Martin is a distinct possibility. 

Fabio Aru is another option for UAE Team Emirates. Initial reports suggested that Aru's move was a done deal, with announcement imminent. The Italian would certainly fill the general classification needs of the team and suit the Italian feel of the squad. 

Returning to the South African team, Meintjes will be looking to provide home success and take African cycling to the next level. 

'My choice to come home was easy, as Team Dimension Data stand out from other professional teams.' he said. 

After two years away from the team, Meintjes hopes to 'use that experience to contribute to the success of Team Dimension Data,' adding, 'African Cycling has stepped up to a world class level over the last five years.'