Tour de France: Simon Yates wins stage 12

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won stage 12 of the Tour de France in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, outsprinting Pello Bilbao (Astana Pro Team) and Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) after the trio had emerged from an initial 42-man break group after attacking the final climb of Horquette d'Ancizan.

It was Yates who launched the decisive attack, four kilometres from the summit of the climb, bridging across to teammate Matteo Trentin. Mühlberger followed, while Bilbao chased, making the catch on the descent.

The three leaders worked well on the run-in to ensure their lead was safe from the chase group, only starting to play games in the final kilometre. Bilbao led the way, before Mühlberger took the front with 500 metres to race. Yates launched the sprint first, outwitting and outpacing his companions around the final turn and holding on to take the win.

"So far I've been saving energy until we got here in the mountains," said Yates after the finish. "This was my first chance to try something. Normally I'd be back in the peloton helping Adam, but today I had my own change and I grabbed it with both hands.

"I wasn't very confident of beating either of them, but I just knew from the directors in the car that I needed to be in front coming around the last corner, so I made sure to do that and luckily I held on to win.

"My main priority here is to help Adam. Today was one of my chances to get up the road. We're having a fantastic Tour, and long may it continue."

The peloton crossed the line almost ten minutes down, with no action among the general classification contenders ahead of Friday's Pau time trial.

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) retains the yellow jersey, while Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) both made the break of the day to extend their polka dot and green jersey leads.

How it unfolded

After 11 days of racing, the Tour de France finally hit the major mountains and the Pyrenees. The Cole de Peyresourde (13km at 6.9 per cent) and Hourquette d'Ancizan (9.9km at 7.7 per cent) lay in wait for the peloton before a downhill finish into Bagnères-de-Bigorre. A warm start in Toulouse was forecast to give way to rain and mist on top of the day's two first-category mountains.

Attacks flew in the early kilometres, with a huge fight to get into the break on the first Pyrenean test of the race. Green jersey Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was among the more active riders, keen to be at the front of the race for the intermediate sprint at the base of the Peyresourde, 120 kilometres in to the stage.

The first hour was covered at a brutal pace of 50kph, which eventually resulted in a mammoth break of 42 riders getting away. Sagan was there, along with green jersey contenders Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb).

Other notable names in the break included winner at La Planche des Belles Filles, Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Max Schachmann, Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Pello Bilbao (Astana), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Simon Clarke (EF Education First), Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Énergie), Mathias Frank, (AG2R La Mondiale), Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb), Tiesj Benoot and polka dot jersey wearer Tim Wellens (both Lotto Soudal).

Team Ineos, Groupama-FDJ and Katusha-Alpecin were the only teams not represented in the break, though Mads Würtz Schmidt did attempt to do so for the Swiss team.

Wellens inevitably led the way over the first climb of the day, the fourth-category Côte de Montoulieu-Saint Bernard, 62.5 kilometres into the stage. Almost five minutes further back, Ineos and Deceuninck-QuickStep controlled the peloton.

There was precious little action on the flat roads that followed, save for the abandons of Dimension Data's Giacomo Nizzolo, who crashed hard on stage 11, and Bahrain-Merida's Rohan Dennis, who was on the attack earlier in the day.

At the intermediate sprint in Bagnères-de-Luchon, Sagan took the points after a stellar lead out by teammate Daniel Oss. Colbrelli took second ahead of Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates). Matthews didn't pick up any points, a sign perhaps that his challenge for green is already over.

Colbrelli kept it going as the break hit the Peyresourde, while his fellow sprinters sat up, their job for the day over and done with. He didn't last long out front though, with Calmejane going on the attack for the second day in a row on the lower slopes of the climb.

Reaching the higher slopes of the climb, the Frenchman built a gap of 50 seconds over the rest of the break, while the peloton knocked it off somewhat, dropping to 6:30 behind. Wellens would not be denied his points at the top though, catching and then sprinting past Calmejane at the summit to grab an additional ten mountain points.

Clarke, who had gone across the gap with Wellens, pushed on down the descent, opening a gap on the rest of the break. By the time he reached the base of Horquette d'Ancizan, he was a minute up the road.

Attacks flew from the break on the day's final climb. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) led the way, catching Clarke to make it two versatile sprinters out front five kilometres from the top.

Clarke dropped under Trentin's pace, and soon the European champion was joined by Simon Yates, who brought Mühlberger with him. 33 kilometres from the finish, Trentin was dropped by his own teammate, while further back it was Bilbao who led the chase.

Yates was first over the top, followed by Mühlberger, while Bilbao followed metres behind. The remainder of the break crossed the summit 50 seconds behind, while the peloton was over eight minutes down the road.

On the descent, Bilbao made it a trio out front, and with a sizeable gap to the chasers, it would be those three riders contesting the stage victory. Further back, the disorganised chase group only swelled as dropped riders caught back on.

No trouble for the front trio, then, who were working well together until they began the fight for the win in the final kilometre. Yates, who had to win after dropping his faster-finishing teammate on the Horquette d'Ancizan, duly delivered the goods, perfectly judging the closing metres to deliver his third victory of 2019.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott4:57:53
2Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 2 - Cell 2
4Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:28
5Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 4 - Cell 2
6Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-ScottRow 5 - Cell 2
7Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 7 - Cell 2
9Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education FirstRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 9 - Cell 2
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-MeridaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Serge Pauwels (Bel) CCC TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 13 - Cell 2
15Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team SunwebRow 14 - Cell 2
16Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 15 - Cell 2
17Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Dimension Data0:01:33
19Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:13
20Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education FirstRow 19 - Cell 2
21Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 20 - Cell 2
22Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos0:09:35
23Luke Rowe (GBr) Team IneosRow 22 - Cell 2
24Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team IneosRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team IneosRow 24 - Cell 2
26Wout Poels (Ned) Team IneosRow 25 - Cell 2
27Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team IneosRow 26 - Cell 2
28Egan Bernal (Col) Team IneosRow 27 - Cell 2
29Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team IneosRow 28 - Cell 2
30Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 30 - Cell 2
32Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 31 - Cell 2
33Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 33 - Cell 2
35Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 34 - Cell 2
36Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-GobertRow 37 - Cell 2
39Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 38 - Cell 2
40Michael Schär (Swi) CCC TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 40 - Cell 2
42Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 41 - Cell 2
43Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 48 - Cell 2
50Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 50 - Cell 2
52Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 51 - Cell 2
53Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension DataRow 53 - Cell 2
55Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-SegafredoRow 54 - Cell 2
56Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 55 - Cell 2
57Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 57 - Cell 2
59Maxime Bouet (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 58 - Cell 2
60Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team EmiratesRow 59 - Cell 2
61Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 61 - Cell 2
63Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 63 - Cell 2
65Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education FirstRow 65 - Cell 2
67Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 66 - Cell 2
68Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 67 - Cell 2
69Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education FirstRow 68 - Cell 2
70Amael Moinard (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 69 - Cell 2
71Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-GobertRow 70 - Cell 2
72Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 72 - Cell 2
74Rein Taaramäe (Est) Total Direct EnergieRow 73 - Cell 2
75Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 75 - Cell 2
77Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 78 - Cell 2
80Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 79 - Cell 2
81Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 80 - Cell 2
82Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 81 - Cell 2
83Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 82 - Cell 2
84Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 83 - Cell 2
85Romain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 84 - Cell 2
86Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 85 - Cell 2
87George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 86 - Cell 2
88Michael Woods (Can) EF Education FirstRow 87 - Cell 2
89Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 88 - Cell 2
90Michael Matthews (Aus) Team SunwebRow 89 - Cell 2
91Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:15:30
92Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 91 - Cell 2
93Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-GobertRow 92 - Cell 2
94Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 93 - Cell 2
95Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:18:58
97Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 96 - Cell 2
98Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 97 - Cell 2
99Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 98 - Cell 2
100Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 99 - Cell 2
101Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 100 - Cell 2
102Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Ben King (USA) Dimension DataRow 102 - Cell 2
104Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 103 - Cell 2
105Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 104 - Cell 2
106Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-GobertRow 105 - Cell 2
107Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 107 - Cell 2
109Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 108 - Cell 2
110Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Paul Ourselin (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 110 - Cell 2
112Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 111 - Cell 2
113Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 112 - Cell 2
114Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 114 - Cell 2
116Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 115 - Cell 2
117Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 116 - Cell 2
118Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 117 - Cell 2
119Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Florian Vachon (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 119 - Cell 2
121Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 120 - Cell 2
122Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 121 - Cell 2
123Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-ScottRow 122 - Cell 2
124Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 123 - Cell 2
125Fabien Grellier (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 124 - Cell 2
126Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 125 - Cell 2
127Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education FirstRow 126 - Cell 2
128Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 127 - Cell 2
129Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 128 - Cell 2
130Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 129 - Cell 2
131Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:19:09
132Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:20:56
133Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 132 - Cell 2
134Natnael Berhane (Eri) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 133 - Cell 2
135William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 134 - Cell 2
136Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 135 - Cell 2
137Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct EnergieRow 136 - Cell 2
138Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 137 - Cell 2
139Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 138 - Cell 2
140Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 139 - Cell 2
141Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 140 - Cell 2
142Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb0:24:41
143Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin0:25:32
144Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 143 - Cell 2
145Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 144 - Cell 2
146Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team SunwebRow 145 - Cell 2
147Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 146 - Cell 2
148Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 147 - Cell 2
149Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma0:26:34
150André Greipel (Ger) Arkéa SamsicRow 149 - Cell 2
151Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 150 - Cell 2
152Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 151 - Cell 2
153Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 152 - Cell 2
154Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 153 - Cell 2
155Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 154 - Cell 2
156Lars Bak (Den) Dimension DataRow 155 - Cell 2
157Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 156 - Cell 2
158Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 157 - Cell 2
159Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 158 - Cell 2
160Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 159 - Cell 2
161Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 160 - Cell 2
162Aime De Gendt (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 161 - Cell 2
163Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education FirstRow 162 - Cell 2
164Wout Van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 163 - Cell 2
165Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 164 - Cell 2
166Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 165 - Cell 2
DNFRohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-MeridaRow 166 - Cell 2
DNSJasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team EmiratesRow 167 - Cell 2
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension DataRow 168 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Bagnères-De-Luchon km. 130.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe20pts
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - D935 Bagnères-De-Bigorre km. 209.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott30pts
2Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team25Row 1 - Cell 3
3Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe22Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal19Row 3 - Cell 3
5Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo17Row 4 - Cell 3
6Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott15Row 5 - Cell 3
7Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale13Row 6 - Cell 3
8Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates11Row 7 - Cell 3
9Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First9Row 8 - Cell 3
10Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo7Row 9 - Cell 3
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team6Row 10 - Cell 3
12Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida5Row 11 - Cell 3
13Serge Pauwels (Bel) CCC Team4Row 12 - Cell 3
14Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale3Row 13 - Cell 3
15Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb2Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Côte De Montoulieu-Saint-Bernard km. 62.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal1
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