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Simon Yates claims maiden Tour de France win as British rider takes Stage 12 following breakaway

  • British rider Simon Yates claimed Stage 12 of the Tour de France on Thursday
  • Yates formed a three-way breakaway with Gregor Muhlberger and Pello Bilbao
  • The Briton won the Spanish Vuelta last year but this was a maiden stage win 
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British rider Simon Yates won the first Pyrenean stage of the Tour de France on Thursday after a long breakaway.

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Yates, who won the Spanish Vuelta last year, launched a counter-attack behind a group of fugitives in a downhill and was joined at the front by Gregor Muhlberger and Pello Bilbao.

The trio worked well together until the final sprint shaped up 200 meters from the finish line in Bagneres-de-Bigorre.

Great Britain's Simon Yates celebrated his maiden Tour de France stage win on Thursday

Great Britain’s Simon Yates celebrated his maiden Tour de France stage win on Thursday

Yates edged out Spain's Peio Bilbao (right) and Austria's Gregor Muhlberger (left) to win it

Yates edged out Spain's Peio Bilbao (right) and Austria's Gregor Muhlberger (left) to win it

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Yates edged out Spain’s Peio Bilbao (right) and Austria’s Gregor Muhlberger (left) to win it

The trio formed a breakaway from the main group, who were nine minutes behind in the end

The trio formed a breakaway from the main group, who were nine minutes behind in the end

The trio formed a breakaway from the main group, who were nine minutes behind in the end

Yates launched the sprint and edged Bilbao at the end for his first stage win at the Tour.

The main pack of favorites was lagging some nine minutes behind, with no major change expected in the overall standings.

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Yates is working in support of his brother Adam at the three-week race and had been quite discreet so far.