The first Pyrenees battle between the GC contenders of the Tour de France took place this Tuesday during the sixteenth stage between Carcassonne and Foix.
Behind the escaped riders who fought for the stage win, the yellow jersey group exploded on the two first category climbs in the second race half, the Port de Lers and the Mur de Péguère.
Louis Meintjes was present alongside the best climbers. He first answered the accelerations before the top of the Port de Lers and then anticipated the steep slopes of the Mur de Péguère.
In the end, Meintjes finished the first of three Pyrenees stages in the first chasing group behind the yellow jersey, a little more than one minute behind the race leader. In this way, he remains in seventh place in the provisional classification.