These are the South African ri


These are the South African riders at this year’s Tour de France

An experienced pair of South African riders will be at this year’s Tour de France.

These are the South African ri


The 106th Tour de France starts this weekend and among the 176 riders challenging the world’s most testing road race is a duo of South Africans.

Team Dimension Data are also participating and they race under a South African flag and are managed by Doug Ryder, a former South African professional road rider.

Of the two South Africans at this year’s Tour de France, Daryl Impey has the most prolific record, having won a stage at the 2013 race. This year will also mark his seventh Tour de France start.

Impey’s seniority and impressive Tour de France record have seen him appointed as team leader for the Australian outfit, Mitchelton-Scott, at the 2019 event.

South Africa’s other starter at this year’s tour is powerful general classification rider, Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg. He’ll be riding for the Dimension Data team.

What are the prospects of either Impey or Janse van Rensburg winning a stage? This year’s route features a host of long, rolling terrain stages. The combination of distance and topography on these stages would play to the general riding strengths of both Impey and Janse van Rensburg.

Mercurial Meintjies not starting

South Africa’s best Tour de France prospect in years, Louis Meintjies, will not be starting the 2019 event, after injury his wrist during May, after a crash at the Tour of California. Meintjies has two eight place Tour de France finishes to his credit, at the 2016 and 2017 events.

To win a Tour de France, one must conquer the mountains and Meintjies is a climbing specialist, which makes his absence at an event which favours riders of his ilk even more frustrating for local cycling fans.

Before his Tour of California injury, Meintjies was scheduled to be an integral part of the Dimension Data’s 2019 Tour de France campaign.