Proud Simon Yates feared that favorites would keep him from stage victory

At Simon Yates, pride dominates after his second stage win in this Tour de France. The Brit was afraid that he would still be passed by one of the favorites on the final climb.


At Simon Yates, pride dominates after his second stage win in this Tour de France. The Brit was afraid that he would still be passed by one of the favorites on the final climb.

"I am proud of myself and my team for what we have shown today," said Yates after the fifteenth stage. "We have done a good job from start to finish."

The 26-year-old Yates was part of a large leading group. In the end, he was left with the German Simon Geschke at the foot of the final climb. At that time, the duo had about three minutes ahead of the favorite group.

"I was afraid that I would be caught again, but Geschke was a very good co-pilot," said Mitchelton-Scott rider. "We worked very well together, but I had to attack at some point and go on alone."

Yates eventually held out and was successful again after his stage victory on Thursday. Thibaut Pinot, who had jumped away from the favorite group on the final climb, came in second half a minute later.

In the final week of the Tour there are three more mountain stages on the program. Yates may then make a shot at his third stage win. "We'll see. I'm very tired, but there are more opportunities."

ref: nunl