Gianni Meersman is leaving Lotto Belisol. The 26-year-old man from West-Flanders joined the team at the beginning of this year after he had ridden for La Française des Jeux and Discovery Channel. After a good beginning of the season Meersman got injured in the Giro, but afterwards he could set some great performances at the end of the season.
Despite a still running commitment Meersman could make use of the fact that Lotto Belisol is still on the waiting-list to get the licence, an issue that will be treated by the UCI next week, and that will be decided at 26th November. In the meantime Lotto Belisol has fulfilled all the conditions to get the WorldTour licence and expects to get it.
Of course Lotto Belisol regrets the departure of a rider like Gianni Meersman, but the team wants and needs to consider its financial possibilities and restrictions, that’s why there possibly will be room for new talent. Lotto Belisol wishes Gianni Meersman all the best in the further development of his career.