Meintjes so close but so far in emotional second place on Alpe d'Huez

Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) second on stage 12 at Tour de France
Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) second on stage 12 at Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) gave an emotional interview atop Alpe d'Huez after finishing second on the iconic climb during stage 12 at the Tour de France

The South African climber finished 48 seconds behind stage winner Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers). When asked by a reporter what the 'so close but so far' performance meant to him, Meintjes paused to gather his thoughts before replying, "It's been a few difficult years so to finally be up there is nice."

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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.