Tour de France - Simon Yates: Today I had my own chance so I grabbed it with both hands
Jul 18 2019 11:42 pm CET

Tour de France - Simon Yates: Today I had my own chance so I grabbed it with both hands
Tour de France - Simon Yates: Today I had my own chance so I grabbed it with both hands
Photo of Simon Yates by Mitchelton-Scott

Simon Yates has taken his maiden victory in the Tour de France. The rider of Mitchelton-Scott has already taken stage wins in all grand tours.

Yates arrived to the French race with the objective of helping his twin brother Adam in his GC aspirations but on the 12th stage he had the opportunity of being in the breakaway and he took full advantage of it. He got to the finish kilometre with Gregor Mühlberger and Pello Bilbao and was the fastest at the final sprint.

"I've been saving energy all the way until the mountains and this is my first chance to try something," said Yates at the finish line. "Normally I'm back in the peloton helping Adam but today I had my own chance so I grabbed it with both hands.

"I wasn't very confident of beating either of them because I knew how fast they were. I just knew from the directors in the car, they told me that I needed to be in the front coming around the last corner so I made sure to do that."

The rider has already raised his hands in all three grand tours. "I'm very proud, I hope more to come," he said cheerfully. "My main priority here is to help Adam and today was just one of the chances that I had to get for me on the road. So we will see how it goes in the next few days. We're having a fantastic Tour and long may it continue."







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