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Louis Meintjes roars back into Tour de France classification fight with day in stage 14 escape

Louis Meintjes roars back into Tour de France classification fight with day in stage 14 escape

MENDE, France (VN) – Call it “Tour de Renaissance” for Louis Meintjes . Two days after Meintjes roared back into the spotlight with his ride…

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MENDE, France (VN) – Call it “Tour de Renaissance” for Louis Meintjes .

Two days after Meintjes roared back into the spotlight with his ride to second on the Alpe d’Huez, the South African booked more time in the headlines on Saturday’s Tour de France stage to Mende.

Meintjes surged back onto the Tour’s classification scene with a day in the break that launched him into seventh in what was a ten-minute plunder of GC positions that reversed early ill-fortunes at this year’s race.

“It was always the plan to come and ride GC. I had a few bad days, and with the cobblestone stage, unfortunately, we lost some time. But now I got it back,” Meintjes told reporters on the Mende airstrip. “Hopefully this time I don’t lose time again.”

Also read: Second on Alpe d’Huez marks an important and emotional return to form for Louis Meintjes

Meintjes was hailed the “next big thing” of South African cycling when he rode to eighth in the 2016 and 2017 Tours.

After five years out of luck and off the grid, the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert captain is on track to level or better his Tour de France bests.“It’s been a few difficult years, so to finally be up there again is nice,” he said after finishing second to Tom Pidcock (Ineos-Grenadiers) on Thursday. Meintjes is making the most of his opportunities at this Tour de France as he relishes a mid-career resurgence of form.Buoyed by a comeback ride on the Alpe d’Huez, the spindly South African […]

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