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Meintjies lines up in Giro

South Africa’s Louis Meintjes – twice a top-10 Tour de France finisher – has been included in NTT Pro Cycling’s line-up for the Giro d’Italia and will be looking to capitalise on his recent strong form shown at Tirreno-Adriatico where he finished just outside the top-10 on the general classification.

NTT Pro Cycling has announced an exciting lineup for the 103rd Giro d’Italia which commences in Palermo on Saturday, 3 October and finishes in Milan on the 25th of October.

Three individual time trials are a feature of this year's race and with the maglia rosa on the line in the opening stage, NTT’s Belgian TT specialist Victor Campenaerts will be their headline act. The race features three opportunities in his favoured discipline, including stage 14 and the final stage in Milan. The 28-year-old comes into the race in good form having recently finished eighth at the World Championships, second at the Belgian championships as well as third at the European championships. He was also second in stage eight of Tirreno-Adriatico.

Their selection features an exciting group of climbers spearheaded by local favourite Domenico Pozzovivo. The 37-year-old Italian has on three occasions finished in the top-10 overall at this race and took a stage victory in 2012.

This race also marks his 20th Grand Tour appearance, having previously appeared 13 times at the Giro d’Italia.

Pozzovivo most recently was forced withdraw from the Tour de France on the first rest day after bravely fighting the aftereffects of a crash on the opening stage but has since recovered and trained well in preparation for the start in Palermo.

Along with Meintjies, he'll be joined by Ben O’Connor who so agonisingly missed out on a top-10 in this race two years ago. The Australian took an impressive stage win at Etoile de Besseges earlier in the year and is now raring to go in his third appearance at the Giro d’Italia.