Louis Meintjes put in a magnificent ride on today’s final stage in the Pyrenees, claiming 5th place at the top of the Plateau de Beille. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) would be the rider to cross the line first, winning the 195km stage. It was after the intermediate sprint at kilometer 20 that a big group of 22 riders jumped clear of the peloton. Louis was one of the first riders to force the pace as the young South African was motivated for today’s tough stage. The 22 riders gradually built their lead up to 12 minutes over the yellow jersey group, ensuring the break would decide.

Big climbs and long solo descents was the order of play during the 2nd Tour de France stage in the Pyrenees. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had another fantastic day with Serge Pauwels finishing 4th on the stage. Gruber Images were our eye in the sky..

It’s hot, hot, hot at the Tour de France this week. Clear sunny skies and afternoon temperatures of up to 35°C with +50 percent humidity are predicted. This peachy summer weather may sound blissful if you’re aiming to perfect your summer glow while catching a glimpse of the passing peloton. If however, you’re a TDF rider the heat represents a real threat to both your performance and health. The human body performs best at an internal temperature of around 37°C. When we exercise we expend energy and produce heat. To dissipate the heat we sweat (evaporative cooling), divert blood from our internal organs to our.