| Gianni Meersman|
Francaise des Jeux
| Road and track|
Team Quick Step
| 5 December 1985 (age 30)
Tielt, West Flanders, Belgium (1985-12-05) |
Jurgen Roelandts, Kris Boeckmans, Jelle Vanendert, Jussi Veikkanen, Philippe Gilbert
Gianni Meersman (born 5 December 1985) is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer for Quick-Step Floors. In 2012, he rode for UCI ProTeam Lotto–Belisol. 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 December 30, 2016.
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