Simon Yates completes set of grand tour stage wins as Tour reaches Pyrenees


Simon Yates won stage 12 of the Tour de France on Thursday, beating two other survivors of a mass breakaway in the Pyrenees.

Geraint Thomas and current overall leader Julian Alaphilippe finished the slog over two tough climbs together as any anticipated top 10 shake-up failed to materialise.

“I’m here to help Adam, he’s doing well and is ready,” he said. “But I’m really happy with this win, I got the green light to go from the team and timed it well. But now it’s back to the day job,”.

Simon Yates is over an hour adrift in the overall standings, but punched the air in joy after adding a Tour de France stage to victories in the Vuelta and Giro.

Yates came over the final climb with Bora’s Gregor Muehlberger and Astana man Pello Bilbao, but launched a long range sprint for the line to win by a clear bike length.

Cameras on the distant peloton showed Adam Yates, connected by radio to his team car, smiling.

Overall leader Alaphilippe led the peloton south the pink-bricked city of Toulouse for stage 12’s two mist shrouded Pyrenean peaks after vowing to hold on to the yellow jersey.

He has again vowed to defend his overall lead at Pau.

“I have a lead of 1min 12sec, and I’m real looking forwards to pushing myself to a new limit,” said the 27-year-old soldier, who Thomas has described as ‘the darling of France’.

Tour de France 2019 – stage 12 results (Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre):

1Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


2Pello Bilbao (Astana)


3Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-hansgrohe)


4Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)


5Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)


6Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)


7Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)


8Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)


9Simon Clarke (EF Education First)


10Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)


11Greg Van Avermaet (CCC)


12Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida)


13Serge Pauwels (CCC)


14Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale)


15Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb)


16Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


17Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)


18Michael Valgren (Dimension Data)


19Imanol Erviti (Movistar)


20Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First)



Tour de France 2019 – general classification after stage 12:

1Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


2Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos)


3Egan Bernal (Team Ineos)


4Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)


5Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


6Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


7Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


8Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


9Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)


10Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)


11Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)


12Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)


13Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


14Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)


15Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


16Warren Barguil (Arkéa Samsic)


17Roman Kreuziger (Dimension Data)


18Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert)


19Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)


20Mikel Landa (Movistar)



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