Gianni Meersman

Gianni Meersman

Meersman at the 2013 Tour de l'Ain.
Personal information
Full name Gianni Meersman
Nickname Merrie[1]
Born (1985-12-05) 5 December 1985
Tielt, West Flanders, Belgium
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)[1]
Team information
Current team Etixx–Quick-Step
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Attacker[1]
Stage hunter[1]
Professional team(s)
2007 Discovery Channel
2008–2011 Française des Jeux
2012 Lotto–Belisol
2013–2016 Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
Major wins

Grand Tours

Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (2016)

Stage Races

Tour de Wallonie (2014)

One-day races and Classics

Great Ocean Road Race (2015)
Handzame Classic (2015)
Infobox last updated on
29 October 2016

Gianni Meersman (born 5 December 1985) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for Etixx–Quick-Step.[2] In 2012, he rode for UCI ProTeam Lotto–Belisol.[3] 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.[4]

Career achievements

Major results

Meersman (centre) on the podium after winning the 2015 Handzame Classic. Also pictured are Antoine Demoitié (left) and Tiesj Benoot (right).
2nd Zellik–Galmaarden
1st Stage 5 Tour of Austria
1st Stage 3 Tour de Georgia
7th Overall Tour of Belgium
8th Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
1st Stage 4 Tour de Wallonie
2nd Overall Étoile de Bessèges
3rd Trophée des Grimpeurs
3rd Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan
6th Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
9th Overall Circuit de Lorraine
2nd Overall Paris–Corrèze
1st Overall Circuit des Ardennes
1st Points classification
1st Stage 2
2nd National Road Race Championships
2nd Paris–Troyes
2nd Route Adélie
3rd Halle–Ingooigem
4th Flèche d'Emeraude
7th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
8th Brabantse Pijl
10th Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 4 Paris–Nice
2nd Overall Tour de Wallonie
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
10th Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 1
Volta a Catalunya
1st Stages 1 & 2
Tour de Romandie
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Prologue (ITT) Tour de l'Ain
1st Points classification Critérium du Dauphiné
2nd National Road Race Championships
6th Les Boucles du Sud Ardèche
6th Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
7th Trofeo Platja de Muro
1st Overall Tour de Wallonie
1st Points classification
1st Stage 5
1st Trofeo Muro-Port d'Alcúdia
Tour de l'Ain
1st Prologue (ITT) & Stage 2
3rd Overall Ster ZLM Toer
3rd Trofeo Ses Salines
3rd La Drôme Classic
4th Overall Tour de Picardie
4th Trofeo Palma
6th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
7th GP Impanis-Van Petegem
9th Classic Sud-Ardèche
1st Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
1st Handzame Classic
1st Stage 1 Volta ao Algarve
2nd Le Samyn
6th People's Choice Classic
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 2 & 5
Held after Stages 2 & 5–9
2nd Overall Tour de Wallonie
3rd Handzame Classic
8th Münsterland Giro

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro WD WD
Yellow jersey Tour 77
red jersey Vuelta WD 98 57 58 111

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Gianni Meersman". Omega Pharma–Quick-Step. Decolef. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  2. "Meersman graduates to Omega Pharma-Quickstep". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  3. "Meersman signs with Lotto-Belisol". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  4. "Meersman to ride for Fortuneo Vital Concept in 2017". 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
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