Louis Meintjes took second place in the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France this Thursday, which was considered as the queen stage of the event thanks to three Hors Catégorie climbs among which the famous finish on Alpe d’Huez.
On this 14th of July, the French national day, team Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux animated the beginning of the race with a festival of attacks. Belgian rider Kobe Goossens was the first rider to attack with a group of five, rapidly distancing the peloton.
On the slopes of the Galibier, the first of three climbs on the menu of the day, his teammates Louis Meintjes and Georg Zimmermann launched a counterattack and the South-African rider managed to join the leaders before the top.
So Goossens and Meintjes represented the Belgian team in this new leading group of nine riders, who started the Col de La Croix de Fer with a 5 minute gap. At the top of this endless climb of 29 kilometer, only four riders remained alongside Louis Meintjes in the lead of the race.
The five riders benefited from an advantage of 6 minutes at the bottom of Alpe d’Huez, the third and last climb of the day, to fight for the victory in the famous hairpins. After an acceleration of Tom Pidcock with 10 kilometer to go, Meintjes fought in the chase until the end to reach the line in second position.
In this way, Louis Meintjes took the second podium for the team after Taco van der Hoorn, who also finished seconds thanks to a breakaway in Arenberg-Wallers. Thanks to his performance he climbs again in the general classification, provisionally occupying thirteenth place. Meintjes has 39 points in the mountain’s classification or four less than polkadot jersey wearer Geschke.