The eighteenth stage of the Tour de France, the last one in the Pyrenees, kept all promises with a tough battle between the GC contenders among whom Louis Meintjes, showing panache.
The South-African rider made use of the slopes of the Col d’Aubisque, the first of three categorized climbs, to slip away from the yellow jersey group. Georg Zimmermann and Kobe Goossens followed his example and helped him to build an advantage of two minutes on the peloton on top of the Hors Category climb.
He managed his effort and pursued his effort on his own until the top of the Col de Spandelles, the penultimate climb, where he was accompanied by Geraint Thomas in the chase 30 seconds behind yellow jersey Vingegaard and his nearest contender Tadej Pogacar.
In the downhill Meintjes & Thomas made the junction with the two men and started the final climb towards Hautacam together. With perseverance Meintjes crossed the line of a mythical stage in eleventh position.
Thanks to his performance he is now sixth in the general classification of the Tour de France, 8 seconds behind the fifth place of Nairo Quintana and 27 seconds ahead of Aleksandr Vlasov.