Louis Meintjes, the first rider of Team Intermarché-Circus-Wanty to finish in the top ten of the Tour de France, extended his contract with the structure of Jean-François Bourlart by two additional seasons, until the end of 2025.
The South-African climber joined the Walloon team in 2021 and returned to his best level, finishing fourteenth in the Tour de France in his first season, then seventh in the edition of 2022 before ending the Tour of Spain in eleventh place two months later.
In the jersey of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, Louis Meintjes has shown masterclass in effort management against the best climbers in the world and distinguished himself with an aggressive racing style, enabling himself to return to the top step of the podium after a six year drought.
In June 2022, he won the Giro dell’Appennino after a solo of 7 kilometer, before conquering his first World Tour victory with a breakaway in the ninth stage of La Vuelta, triumphing on top of Les Praeres.
At the age of 31, Louis Meintjes became a fixed value of team Intermarché-Circus-Wanty as a leader for the stage races. In addition to his results in the Grand Tours he regularly played a major role in races such as the Critérium du Dauphiné (6th in 2022, 7th in 2023) or on the podium in the Giro di Sicilia (3rd in 2022, 2nd in 2023).