For this year's Tour de France we've teamed up with The Velocast to share with you their nominated Conquistador of the Day. During their daily stage review podcast, Scott and John will announce the rider who they feel deserves a special mention for their efforts that day.
We know by now that John Galloway of The Velocast tries hard each day to find the deserving unsung heroes of the peloton and not just pick the obvious choice when it comes to Conquistador of the Day. But today he really had to go for stage winner Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott. Here's why...
Photo credits: A.S.O./Pauline BALLET
"This is really boring! I was tempted by two Simons. One was Simon Clarke and the other is Simon Yates. I have to go for the stage winner. On a day when everybody seemed out for either green jersey points - ala Peter Sagan, or just to get in the break or essentially just to hold position until hostilities started in earnest as the race progresses, Simon Yates having lost all that time on purpose showed real attention to detail. He knew where to go. He knew right down to the metre where to attack in that final corner, he was a man prepared for that victory.
If it hadn't worked out for him I'm sure he still would have been delighted because he clearly was just up there to work for his brother Adam, but it did work out and he knew exactly what he was doing. So although I do try to avoid it and I do try to find a slightly leftfield view of the rider of the day I can't get further than Simon Yates today."
ASO / Alex BROADWAY
“I’ve been saving energy all the way until we got here in the mountains and this is my first chance to try something. Normally I’ve been back in the peloton helping Adam, but today I had my own chance so I’ve grabbed it with both hands.”
“I wasn’t very confident of beating either of them [in the sprint], I didn’t really know how fast they were, I just knew from the directors in the car, they told I needed to be in the front coming around the last corner, so I made sure to do that and luckily I held on to win.”
“Really my main priority here is to help Adam and today was just one of the chances to get up the road, so we’ll see how we go in the next few days. We’re having a fantastic Tour and long may it continue.” - Simon Yates
Photo credit: Kristof Ramon
“We expected a big group and a big group with the right combination was going to be very, very hard to get back, especially with so much flat terrain before we got to the mountains.”
“The boys rode well, we had exactly what we wanted, we had someone who could climb to finish off the stage and obviously someone for the flat, for an extra form of protection, because things can get out of control in a break that size. The boys worked well together in the final and we had both bases covered.”
"Nobody wants to take Matteo Trentin down a 30-kilometre descent sitting on and then try and beat him in the sprint. So it gave us options at the front end and in the second group.”
“Simon might be a little guy, but he’s got a turn of speed on him and the other guys, they’re no slouches, but at the end of the day we were pretty confident that when we got into that group of three that he could beat them.” - Matt White (Sports Director)
STAGE SUMMARY FROM ASO
After Elia Viviani and Caleb Ewan, Simon Yates was the third rider to win a stage of the Tour de France after the Giro d’Italia and La Vuelta. He outsprinted his last two breakaway companions Pello Bilbao and Gregor Mühlberger to become the eleventh stage winner of the 106th Tour de France in just as many individual stages. After the first Pyrenean stage, Julian Alaphilippe retained the overall lead with the individual time in Pau as his next challenge on the day of the 100th birthday of the yellow jersey.
ASO / Pauline BALLET
40 riders in the lead after 40km
168 riders took the start of stage 12 in Toulouse. One non-starter: Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates). The race began on a very high speed as many riders were looking for the breakaway. Many skirmishes remained unsuccessful until Australia’s Simon Clarke made the right move to celebrate his 33rd birthday at the front. He created the first wave at km 40. Team Ineos filtered the other groups of poursuiters and it became a 40-man bunch in the lead at km 45 with Peter Sagan, Gregor Mühlberger, Daniel Oss and Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Michael Morkov (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Oliver Naesen, Tony Gallopin and Matthias Fränk (Ag2r La Mondiale), Sonny Colbrelli, Iván García Cortina and Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Imanol Erviti (Movistar Team), Pello Bilbao (Astana), Dylan Groenewegen and Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma), Alberto Bettiol, Clarke and Tom Scully (EF Education First), Matteo Trentin and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Greg Van Avermaet and Serge Pauwels (CCC Team), Rui Costa and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Fabio Felline and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Michael Matthews, Nikias Arndt, Cees Bol and Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb), Pierre-Luc Périchon and Julien Simon (Cofidis), Tiesj Benoot, Roger Kluge and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie), Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Edvald Boasson Hagen and Michael Valgren (Dimension Data) and Kévin Ledanois (Arkéa-Samsic). Deceuninck-Quick Step brought counter-attackers Mikaël Chérel (AG2R-La Mondiale), Rein Taaramäe (Total Direct Energie) and Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin) back and set the pace of the peloton with a stabilized deficit of 4’.
Photo credit: ASO / Alex BROADWAY
Solo moves by Lilian Calmejane and Simon Clarke
Sagan won his first intermediate sprint of the 106th Tour de France in Bagnères-de-Luchon, km 130.5 ahead of Colbrelli and Kristoff who forged on to begin climbing to col de Peyresourde with a small advantage. Calmejane was first to catch them and position himself alone in the lead 9km before the summit. He was caught right at the top by the front part of the group, including Wellens who scored ten more KOM points. 5th at the summit, Clarke forged on and rode away solo in the downhill with 63km to go. The Australian started the following cat. 1 climb of La Hourquette d’Ancizan with an advantage of 1’10’’ over lone chaser Trentin. The European champion passed the Australian 4.5km before the summit. Yates preceded Mühlberger at the top and Bilbao made it across for the second time in the downhill with 28km to go.
ASO / Pauline BALLET
Simon Yates was a track rider before
Yates, Mühlberger and Bilbao swapped turns until they watched each other 500 metres before the finishing line in Bagnères-de-Bigorre. It looks like a sprint from track cycling. A former world champion for points race, Yates timed his effort at perfection to claim his first Tour de France stage victory, the 70th of a British rider [the 40th for all others than Mark Cavendish]. It’s the second time for Mitchelton-Scott to win a second stage (after Daryl Impey in Brioude) in the same Tour de France after stage 3 with Simon Gerrans in 2013 and the team time trial the day after. Simon Yates, the white jersey of the 2017 Tour de France, came to the race this year in support of his twin brother Adam who is seventh overall.
Conquistadors of the Day - Tour de France 2019
Stage 01 - Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team)
Stage 02 - Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)
Stage 03 - Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step)
Stage 04 - Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck - Quick-Step)
Stage 05 - Marcus Burghardt (BORA - hansgrohe)
Stage 06 - Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS)
Stage 07 - Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo - Visma)
Stage 08 - Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)
Stage 09 - Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)
Stage 10 - Luke Rowe (Team INEOS)
Stage 11 - Peter Sagan (BORA - hansgrohe)
Stage 12 - Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)