Cape Town - South Africa's Louis Meintjes has been named Africa's Cyclist of the Year for 2017, becoming he first person to win the award twice in its six-year existence.
The 25-year-old also won the award in 2013.
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A regular on the Tour de France stage having finished eighth in both 2016 and 2017, Meintjes has already confirmed his particiaption for the 2018 edition of the world's most famous cycling race.
"It’s a huge honour," Meintjes said.
"I am grateful for the support from the people of Africa. I hope I can keep the continent’s flag flying high in 2018."
Meintjes will be turning out for the Dimension Data team in this year's Tour de France.
Meanwhile, Meintjes was one of four South Africans nominated for the award alongside Daryl Impey, Willie Smit and Ryan Gibbons.