Yates wins first Pyrenees stage on Tour

British rider Simon Yates won the first Pyrenean stage of the Tour de France after a long breakaway.

The rider for Australian team Mitchelton-Scott, who won the Spanish Vuelta last year, launched a counterattack behind a group of fugitives in a downhill and was joined at the front by Gregor Muhlberger and Pello Bilbao on Thursday.

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

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

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

Australian Simon Clarke, riding for EF Education First, finished one minute and 28 seconds off the lead in ninth.

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

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