Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
26 Sep 2014
1:10 pm

SA Team turn to Louis Meintjes

Wesley Botton

All eyes turned to Louis Meintjes on Friday afternoon, with the SA team hoping for the promising young rider to break the nation's medal drought at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

FILE PICTURE: Team MTN Qhubeka rider Louis Meintjes makes his way up the climb of Santuario de San on September 3, 2014 during stage 11 of the Vuelta Espana in Spain. (Warren Elson, Gallo Images )

South Africa continued to struggle in the morning session, on day six of the global spectacle, with all three riders finishing outside the top 60 in the junior women’s 72.8km road race.

Catherin Colyn took 69th place in 2:12:42, nearly 10 minutes behind gold medallist Amelie Dideriksen of Denmark, while Michelle Benson was 80th in 2:19:20 and Monique Gerber ended 85th, and last, a further 13 seconds off the pace.

Meintjes, the best of the South Africans in the time trial races earlier in the week, with his solid eighth place in the Under-23 division, was set to compete in the age group road race in the afternoon.

Competing in his final season as an U-23 rider, Meintjes hoped to repeat his impressive performance in Tuscany last year when he secured the silver medal.