Louis Meintjes suffers sunburn on training ride as jersey offers little protection

Mesh-style material of South African Louis Meintjes's jersey did not provide enough protection from the sun's rays

Louis Meintjes and sunburn

(Image credit: Louis Meintjes/Twitter)

Louis Meintjes has started his 2018 season with an unpleasant case of sunburn. The South African cyclist posted a photograph of his red back on Twitter on Saturday after a training ride.

"Rookie mistake," the 25-year-old from Pretoria commented next to the image.

The Dimension Data rider's bib shorts and heart-rate monitor strap left a crisp white cross on his back, as the mesh fabric of his jersey evidently let in the sun's ultra-violet rays.

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Australian pro rider Rachel Neylan replied: "Louiiiiiis! Has your Aussie friend not taught you anything?"

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Others offered their sympathy to Meintjes, and suggested ways in which he could relieve his temporary discomfort.

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But some were slightly less sympathetic.

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Meintjes is far from the first cyclist to get burnt by the sun. Chris Froome suffered a similar sunburnt back in 2014. His wife, Michelle Cound, posted an image of the sunburn saying "The danger with wearing mesh jerseys… #ouch".


The Dimension Data team welcomed Meintjes back for 2018. He rode for the South African squad between 2013 and 2015 before spending two years with Lampre-Merida/UAE Team Emirates.

He has placed eighth in the last two editions of the Tour de France, and will lead Dimension Data at the Giro d'Italia in May – the first time that he has taken part in the Italian Grand Tour.

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