efe-epa(Update 1: Adds details and quotes) Prat d'Albis, France

British cyclist Simon Yates was the victor Sunday in the 15th stage of the Tour de France.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider covered the alpine 185-km stage, which runs from Limoux to Foix Prat d'Albis, bringing the riders up into the Pyrenees, in 4:47.4.

This is the second stage Yates has won in this year's edition of the Tour, following his success in the 12th stage, which was also a mountain ride.

"I'm very proud of this second stage win. It's a bit different from the first one. We raced flat out from start to finish," Yates said after his victory.

"I came to the Tour to support my brother and maybe to win a stage. Now that I've won two stages, I'll put myself at the service of the team," the rider said.

French cyclist Thibaut Pinot, who won the 14th stage, came in second, 33 seconds off the pace and ahead of Spain's Mikel Landa.

The third spot allowed the Spaniard to climb four spots into seventh in the general standings, making up for having fallen on July 15, when he lost two minutes and 30 seconds.

"Yesterday, I remained without legs in the final part of the stage. Today, I felt good so I tried something different, from further out. I knew it would be very good to come across Simon Yates for the stage win," Landa said following the stage.

"He's a very skillful cyclist. Nevertheless, I'm happy with my situation. I lost a lot of time the day I crashed, so it's too much to ask to win the Tour de France, but I believe it's possible to make the podium and I'd like to win a stage as well," Landa said.

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, of team Deceuninck-Quick-Step, retained the overall leader's yellow jersey, despite ending Sunday's stage in 11th place.

Second-place Briton Geraint Thomas closed the gap with Alaphilippe by 27 seconds to one minute and 35 seconds.

"We knew it would be a hard day. I paid for my efforts in the finale. I expected to lose a bit of time today," Alaphilippe said.

"I'm delighted that I'm still in the yellow jersey. I gave my best to fight and retain the lead. The dream goes on. I was never a favorite and the hardest is yet to come," Alaphilippe said.

Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk completes the podium in the overall standings.

The cyclists are scheduled to have a rest day on July 22. EFE-EPA