'Us Africans love to run': Louis Meintjes evokes memories of Chris Froome with Tour de France jog

The South African was well-placed for a good stage result before a mechanical left him in his highest gear

Louis Meintjes
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It wasn't quite as dramatic as Mont Ventoux, but Louis Meintjes evoked memories of Chris Froome on stage six of the Tour de France when he was forced to run the final 60 metres to cross the line at Planche des Belles Filles.

The Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux rider looked like he was on course for a high-placing on the race's first summit finish, but the gravel sector that the final one kilometre was ridden on had other ideas.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.