Louis Meintjes wins Vuelta a España stage nine on savage climb to Les Praeres

Remco Evenepoel extends his race lead after commanding display.

Louis Meintjes Vuelta stage nine 2022
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Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) climbed to victory on stage nine of the 2022 Vuelta a España on Sunday on the short, steep final ascent of Les Praeres. 

The South African climber showed his pedigree on diabolical double digit gradients in Asturias, proving himself to be the best of the day’s nine-man breakaway.

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Having worked at both Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport early in his career Andy went on to become the editor of Rouleur. He is the author of God is Dead: The Rise and fall of Frank Vandenbroucke, and Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire, which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2017.