The climber of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux made a new approach in the general classification of the Tour de France this Saturday, thanks to a great breakaway in the fourteenth stage between Saint-Etienne and Mende.
Louis Meintjes, second at Alpe d’Huez two days ago, again joined the successful breakaway after a battle of more than one hour in the beginning of the stage. The South-African rider was part of an eighteen men group, in which he was the best placed rider in the general classification.
This leading group continuously increased the gap during the stage. From eight minutes halfway though the stage to fourteen minutes at the foot of the penultimate climb Côte de la Fage, where the riders in the breakaway started to attack each other.
After answering several accelerations, Meintjes managed his effort on the particularly steep climb leading to the finish, the Côte de La Croix Neuve. He finally finished tenth in Mende, twelve minutes before the yellow jersey.
His performance enables him to win six places in the general classification, provisionally occupying seventh place. In the polkadot classification Meintjes is still second with 39 points, seven behind leader Geschke.