SA’s Louis Meintjes finishes 9th in 17th stage of TdF

Meintjes’ finish maintains his 8th spot on the general classification with Chris Froome, who was 3rd on Wednesday, still in yellow with a 27-second lead.

FILE: Louis Meintjes competing in the Tour de France. Picture: @AbuDhabiSC /Twitter.

SAINT ETIENNE - South Africa’s Louis Meintjes finished 9th in Wednesday’s 17th stage of the Tour de France, as Primoz Roglic became the 1st Slovenian to ever win a stage.

Meintjes’ finish maintains his 8th spot on the general classification with Chris Froome, who was 3rd on Wednesday, still in yellow with a 27-second lead.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Serge Pauwels was in the breakaway and had, at one point, looked a possibility of winning the stage before finishing 13th.

He says he was surprised by some of the tactics used by Alberto Contador who was the day’s best-attacking rider.

“It was Roglic who attacked and only Contador and I were able to follow. I think it was a good situation although Contador was not eager to move forward, which was a little bit surprising.”

Pauwels says that Roglic was clearly better than the rest of the field yesterday.

“When Roglic went away, he was the strongest of the breakaway and he deserves it.”

Stage 18 features a mountain top finish at the iconic Izoard and Pauwels says he's ready to go again.

“It’s not really about confidence anymore. I think I’m in good shape but you definitely need legs, it’s a whole day of suffering and I will see if I can suffer one more day.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)