After two hard days in the Pyrenees, Louis Meintjes is a nice step closer to the top ten in the Tour de France. 22nd in the classification at the start of the sixth stage, the South-African climber gained six positions after the first mountain top finish on top of Cauterets.
Before the final climb, the parcours of this sixth stage went over the mythical Col d’Aspin and the Col du Tourmalet. Meintjes, who rode alongside the better climbers all day, reached the top of the Tourmalet at 2100 meter of altitude in a group of ten riders including the yellow jersey, chasing the leading group.
At the end of the battle between the favourites on the final climb Louis Meintjes finished sixteenth of the stage. He is also sixteenth in the provisional classification, a little more than one minute from the top ten.