UAE Team Emirates rider Louis Meintjes finished in sixth place overall at Vuelta al Pais Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country).
The 25-year-old rode brilliantly to finish 14th place in Saturday’s sixth and final stage – and ended up bagging a top-six finish in the General Classification.
Alejandro Valverde of Spain won the Tour outright, adding to his victories in Andalusia and Catalonia already this season.
Speaking after the race, Meintjes said his top-10 finish gives him much needed confidence after recent mixed results in the Volta a Catalunya and Abu Dhabi Tour.
“It has been a very good week. I’ve come back to live the feelings of being in the front of the races,” said Meintjes.
“It is an important result and, moreover, it gives me morale and important feedback in view of the next races.”
The South African’s sixth-place finish represents his biggest result to date with the UAE team since joining from Team Dimension Data at the end of last season.
Sports director Orlando Maini said: “Meintjes was constant during the whole week and the sixth place is a proper prize for him, for his good form and for the whole team.”
“We were constantly every day in the top 10. This means that our general level of competitiveness was very good and, most importantly, that we had a very good team spirit.
“It was very difficult to be in the top 10 of the final general classification and we achieved this goal.”
Diego Ulissi sealed a formidable eighth place finish in the final stage individual time trial, 52 seconds behind winner Roglic.
“The result in the time trial makes me happy and I’m confident for the next races,” said Ulissi.
Two races in Belgium follow over the next few weeks with the Fleche Wallone taking place on April 19 and the Liege-Bastogne-Liege on April 23.
Registration for the biggest cycle challenge in the Middle East, the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge is now open – taking place on Friday, December 15 with four supporting build-up rides in the lead-up to the event.
The popular cycle event has continued to grow since its launch eight years ago with over 2,000 cyclists from all over the world entering the event and many cyclists taking part in the newly added UCI Gran Fondo Category in a pursuit to qualify for the exciting UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
The start of the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge season begins on Friday, 8 September with the first of four build-up Rides.
The 35km Build-Up ride will take place at Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One track with a lively cycle village full of sponsors’ activities, delicious breakfast options provided by Spinneys and fun and games for children to kick start the season.
For all those that are new to the sport, the official bike store, Revolution Cycles Dubai will be on-site at every race to ensure that newcomers are well-looked-after with great bikes to rent and a handful of helpful hints and tips to start their exciting cycling journey.
CEO of Spinneys Dubai, Mr. Jannie Holtzhausen, says: “We are thrilled to be one of the main partners for the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge again this year. I am personally looking forward to seeing an array of new faces taking part in the Build-Up rides over the next few months, as well as at the final challenge.
“Health and wellness is huge part of what we do at everything Spinneys does, we truly want to inspire and encourage our customers and staff, internally, and recognise their input by encouraging them to get involved in challenges such as the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge.”
The organisers of the event are also excited to announce the return of the popular Spinneys Dubai 92 Junior Rides, the timed 2.5km, 15km and 30km rides are designed for 6 to 15 year-olds held at the Dubai Autodrome on Thursday, 14 December.
For all cyclists who wish to register but do not have a bike we have plenty of bike and helmet rental options in the registration process.
To register or find out more information on any of the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge events please visit www.cyclechallenge.ae
UAE Team Emirates will line-up at the 40th edition of Three Days of De Panne on Tuesday with Italian rider Sacha Modolo bidding to clinch his first victory of the season.
The 29-year-old, who won two stages of the race in 2014, will be hoping to improve his previous performances in De Panne before competing at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, April 2.
“The Three Days of De Panne is quite a challenging and difficult race and achieving a good result in it is something everyone wants to do,” said Modolo.
“In 2014 I won two stages, one in Koksijde and one in De Panne: it would be great to be able to achieve either the same or an even better result… I would obviously love to clinch my first seasonal victory at such an important event ahead of Tour of Flanders.”
The Three Days of De Panne is an annual three-day race in Flanders, featuring elements of the spring classics such as cobbles, crosswinds and short, sharp climbs.
Riding alongside Sacha is a seven man UAE Team Emirates line-up, featuring Simone Consonni, Filippo Ganna, Andrea Guardini, Marko Kump, Vegard Laengen, Marco Marcato, and Federico Zurlo.