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):

1 Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


2 Pello Bilbao (Astana)


3 Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-hansgrohe)


4 Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)


5 Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)


6 Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)


7 Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)


8 Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)


9 Simon Clarke (EF Education First)


10 Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)


11 Greg Van Avermaet (CCC)


12 Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida)


13 Serge Pauwels (CCC)


14 Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale)


15 Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb)


16 Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


17 Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)


18 Michael Valgren (Dimension Data)


19 Imanol Erviti (Movistar)


20 Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First)



Tour de France 2019 – general classification after stage 12:

1 Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


2 Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos)


3 Egan Bernal (Team Ineos)


4 Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)


5 Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


6 Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


7 Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


8 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


9 Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)


10 Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)


11 Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)


12 Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)


13 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


14 Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)


15 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


16 Warren Barguil (Arkéa Samsic)


17 Roman Kreuziger (Dimension Data)


18 Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert)


19 Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)


20 Mikel Landa (Movistar)



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